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How decisions are made

The Leader is appointed by full Council. The Leader appoints members to the Executive. The Executive makes the key decisions concerning the services we deliver.

Each member of the Executive has a portfolio of services for which they are responsible. Portfolio holders meet regularly with officers in order to make everyday decisions.

Who are the Executive Members?

The Executive Members are shown below. Click on them to see what they are responsible for and what decisions they have made.

Councillor Kevin Beaty

Kevin Beaty (Conservative Group)

The Leader will have responsibility for achieving the Council's priority of a Quality Council, and the delivery of the corporate priorities.

Portfolio of Responsibilities:

  • Strategic direction of the Council and the Council Plan

  • Strategic leadership

  • Transformation

  • External Relations

  • Executive oversight

  • Strategic partnerships

  • Marketing

  • Ensuring a balanced budget with the Resources Portfolio Holder

  • Emergency planning and business continuity

  • The allocation of major projects or initiatives

  • Responsibility for achieving the Council's priority of a 'Quality Council' and the delivery of the Corporate Priorities

  • Council communications

Meet the Leader

The Council Leader holds public surgeries for residents to come along and discuss problems and issues with him. These are held monthly from 11am-Noon across the district. The dates and venues can be found on the Council Leader's public surgery page. No appointment is necessary; members of the public can simply turn up at the Town Hall and ask to see the Council Leader.

For more information:

Councillor Michael Slee

Michael Slee (Conservative Group)

Portfolio of Responsibilities:

  • Neighbourhood planning

  • The Local Plan

  • Liaison with and devolution of functions to Town and Parish Councils

  • The distribution of the Community Fund

  • Community engagement and empowerment

  • Sports and recreation

  • Leisure, the arts and cultural services

  • Community safety and crime and disorder

  • Rural issues

  • Children and young people

  • Development of parks and open spaces

  • Working with the Third Sector

Councillor David Hymers

David Hymers MBE (Conservative Group)

Portfolio of Responsibilities:

  • Economic strategy

  • Economic vitality and development

  • Employment within the district

  • The promotion of apprenticeships

  • Relations with businesses and the Chambers of Trade

  • The implementation of broadband and communication facilities

  • Town centres

  • Markets

  • Tourism and tourist information centres

  • Relations with education providers in the district

  • The vitality and viability of the market towns and rural areas in the district

  • Transport and car parking 

Councillor Lesley Grisdale

Lesley Grisedale (Conservative Group)

Deputy Leader of the Council

Portfolio of Responsibilities:

  • The delivery of the strategic housing function

  • The delivery of the Council's role as the local housing authority

  • Housing grants

  • Housing provision within the district and the delivery of the decent homes standard

  • Relations with registered social landlords (RSLs) and housing providers

  • The consideration of housing need in the district

  • Climate change

  • Renewable energy/hard to heat homes

  • Public health agenda

  • Older person services

  • Armed forces covenant

  • Delivery of the 'Decent Homes for All' Council priority

Councillor Adrian Todd

Adrian Todd (Conservative Group)

Portfolio of Responsibilities:

  • Regulatory and licensing policy

  • Legal

  • Democratic services

  • Waste collection and recycling

  • Joint working with the County Council and other authorities on waste

  • Street cleansing and ground maintenance

  • Environment agenda (cleaner and greener)

  • Environmental health and food safety

  • Relationships with the Environment Agency/ Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

  • Responsibility for the delivery of the priority of a 'Quality Environment'

  • Environmental sustainability and wellbeing

  • Cemeteries

  • Public Toilets

  • Footway lighting

Councillor Gordon Nicolson

Councillor Gordon Nicolson OBE (Conservative Group)

Portfolio of Responsibilities:

  • Financial management and planning including ensuring a balanced budget shared with the Leader
  • Financial services
  • Revenues and benefits
  • Land and asset management
  • The organisational structure and management process of the Council
  • Human resources
  • The management of succession
  • Supporting the delivery of the 'Quality Council' priority, particularly in relation to financial services
  • Procurement and procurement strategy
  • Data protection and freedom of information
  • Policy on general fund reserves
  • Oversight of establishing other methods of service delivery (including commercial entities)
  • Representing the Council on SPARSE (the Rural Services Network)
  • Customer services
  • Equality and diversity
  • Staff and member training
  • Information technology
  • Oversight of complaints (including Ombudsman decisions)

Officer Delegated Decisions

There are six officers who can make delegated decisions. To find out more see officer delegated decisions.

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