The largest political group of councillors nominate the Council Leader at the annual council meeting in May. In May 2019 they elected Councillor Virginia Taylor to serve as Council Leader. The Council Leader serves for a term of four years.
See part 2, Article 7 of the Council Constitution, which sets out details of the Leader's method of appointment and terms of office.
Role of the Council Leader
The Council Leader recommends the names of the Councillors to serve on the Executive. The Leader is responsible for delegating responsibilities to members of the Executive.
As Leader they are responsible for carrying out the Executive functions of the Council and leading on policy development. They also represent the Council in communications with Central Government. As well as taking a central role in working with organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors.