NILGA Office Bearers

Councillor Matt Garrett (Sinn Fein)

NILGA President

Cllr Garrett was elected to Belfast City Council in 2011, he has represented the Collin Electoral Area since May 2014.  A serving NILGA Office Bearer since 2019, Matt was elected NILGA President for the 2023/24 term and has previously served as President for the 2020/21 term. 

He is the Chair of the Belfast City Council Planning Committee, he also sits on the Councils Strategic Policy and Resources Committee and the City Growth and Regeneration Committee. 

Councillor Alison Bennington (DUP)

NILGA Vice-President

Cllr Alison Bennington has worked in Local Government for 38 years. Cllr Bennington has a long standing record of delivery in Leisure Arts and Parks. She has been appointed as Vice President of NILGA and will take up the role of President in May 2024. Within Council Alison sits on various committees, is Veterans Champion and is Chair on several school Governors Boards. Alison has a keen interest on waste management, strategy development, and investing in infrastructure to deliver services of value to the ratepayers.

Councillor Billy Webb (Alliance)


Cllr Billy Webb has been a Councillor continuously since 1997 and has held the positions of Deputy Mayor and Mayor of Newtownabbey Council, and Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council in 21/22, Billy has been an OB with NILGA since May 2023 and served on the Executive in the previous mandate. As his Party's Group Leader in Council Billy partakes in all strands of Council and brings to this his experience as a former Civil Servant.

Alderman Hazel Legge (UUP)


Alderman Hazel Legge was appointed as NILGA Office Bearer in May 2023, following the council elections. She was first elected to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council in 2014 and was appointed as Deputy Mayor for the 2017/18 council year. Outside NILGA she serves as a governor on two school boards of governors.

Councillor Brian Tierney (SDLP)


Cllr Brian Tierney was co-opted on to Derry City Council in January 2014, Brian was elected to represent the Ballyarnett area on Derry and Strabane District Council a few months later and re-elected in 2019.
Brian is the current Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Brian is chair of the local council's Environment and Regeneration Committee and holds a seat on the Health and Communities committee. Brian is passionate about public service and works in the local community on a full-time basis. He is heavily involved in several local organisations. Brian is the SDLP Spokesperson on University Expansion.

NILGA Office Bearer Alternates

Office Bearer Alternatives

Cllr Dermot Nicholl (Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Sinn Fein)

Ald Stephen Moutray (Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, DUP)

Ald Alan McDowell (Ards and North Down Borough Council, Alliance)

Cllr Terry Andrews (Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, SDLP)

Cllr Vera McWilliam (Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, UUP)



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