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The Executive

The Council has a Leader and Cabinet model of governance. This means the Council elects a leader every four years. He or she then appoints up to nine other Councillors to form the Cabinet (known as the Executive), one of whom will be the Deputy Leader.

Leader of the Council 

Councillor Paul Spooner
Leader of the Council
Lead Councillor for Planning and Regeneration

Paul Spooner

The role of the leader

 The leader provides overall political leadership for the council by:

  • Co-ordinating and delivering council policies, strategies and services

  • Leading the Executive in its work to develop the policy framework and budget and to deliver services to the local community

  • Leading the development of partnerships both inside and outside of Guildford with stakeholders, residents and other interested organisations

  • Contributing to the preparation, monitoring and review of the council's policies, budget, strategy and service delivery

Main responsibilities of the leader

  • Providing leadership to the council and its political administration

  • Acting as the principal spokesman for the council and the administration

  • Assuming prime responsibility to the local community for the decisions and work of the Executive

  • Liaising with officers, in particular the Managing Director and the Council's corporate management team

  • Leading the development of the council's strategic and corporate planning process (Corporate Plan)

  • Having a primary role in presenting the Executive's  proposals to the council and to the local community

  • Managing and chairing Executive's meetings and providing the political lead in proposing the policy framework, budget and direction of the council

  • Ensuring that the work of the Executive and portfolio holders is co-ordinated and is in line with the council's policy framework and the needs and aspirations of the local community

  • Ensuring that working relationships between the Executive , other councillors, officers and the local community are effective and professional

Deputy Leader of the Council 

Councillor Matt Furniss
Deputy Leader of the Council
Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance
Matt Furniss

The role of the deputy leader

To deputise for the leader of the council when required and to provide support in the political leadership of the council.

Main responsibilities of the deputy leader

  • To chair the Executive if the leader is unavailable

  • To support the leader in all aspects of his or her work, particularly in relation to providing the political direction on strategic issues

The Executive

The Executive has a Forward Plan of decisions to be taken.

Councillor David Bilbé
Lead Councillor for Economic Development, Tourism and Climate Change

David Bilbé

Councillor Richard Billington
Lead Councillor for Rural Economy, Countryside, Parks and Leisure

Richard Billington

Councillor Geoff Davis
Lead Councillor for Asset Management

Geoff Davis

Councillor Graham Ellwood
Lead Councillor for Licensing and Community Safety

Graham Ellwood

Councillor Michael Illman
Lead Councillor for Finance

Michael Illman

Councillor Nikki Nelson-Smith
Lead Councillor for Internal Business Systems, Heritage and the Arts

Nikki Nelson-Smith

Councillor Iseult Roche
Lead Councillor for Community, Health and Sport

Iseult Roche

Councillor Tony Rooth
Lead Councillor for Housing and Social Welfare

Tony Rooth