County Councillor Carl Les was elected leader of North Yorkshire County Council unopposed in May 2015. Cllr Les, has represented the Catterick Bridge division for over 20 years and was Deputy Leader of the council prior to his election as Leader.
Cllr Les has been a member of the North Yorkshire Police Authority for 15 years and now chairs the Police and Crime Panel.
He is a Director of Welcome to Yorkshire, where he brings his professional business experience from working in the tourist industry.
Following his graduation, Carl worked and managed the family business before selling it and retiring in 2014. Alongside his business and council activity he was always active in the community being a school governor and trustee, a Chair of North Yorkshire Youth and Chair of a geographically expanding CABx branch. His is also the volunteer Commercial Director of Wensleydale Railway plc.