The Leader and Deputy Leader of the council

Leader of the council

The Leader of the council is Councillor Ben Fitter-Harding.Council Leader Ben Fitter-Harding

The Leader is the Chair of the Policy Committee where many important decisions are taken on behalf of the council’s residents.

As Leader they provide a focal point for leadership and strategic direction for the council. They do this by working with council officers and all councillors, whatever their party, to make sure good decisions are taken.

As well as being a representative voice for the council and its residents, the Leader is the key political contact at the council for other organisations, including central government and local businesses.

The Leader is always somebody who has been elected by residents to serve as a councillor and who is then elected to be Leader by a majority of all the councillors.

Deputy Leader of the council

The Deputy Leader of the council is Councillor Rachel Carnac.Council Deputy Leader Rachel Carnac

The Deputy Leader is the Vice Chair of the Policy Committee and will act as Leader if they're not available.

The Deputy Leader is always somebody who has been elected by residents to serve as a councillor and who is then elected to be Deputy Leader by a majority of all the councillors.