Leader of the council

The leader of council, currently Councillor Richard Cooper, is appointed by the council at the annual meeting for a four-year term.

Cabinet members are appointed by the leader and formally endorsed by the council.

The portfolio for this cabinet post contains details of its responsibilities and terms of reference.

The dates of meetings when the leader is scheduled to take executive decisions are published on the website. Reports by officers relating to decisions made by the leader, and notices setting out the decisions made and reasons for making them, can also be viewed. The public aren't entitled to attend these meetings and, in fact, other members of the council may only attend by invitation.

Details of cabinet meeting dates and agenda, reports, minutes and other papers are published on the website.