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The Executive

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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

Julia McShane

Cllr Julia McShane
Leader of the Council


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 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

Portfolio Responsibilities of the Leader

Communications and engagement, Careline, Community grants, Community Safety including Community Safety Partnership, Disabled facilities grants and adaptations, Family support, Health, Safeguarding, Supporting vulnerable people, migrants and refugees, Homelessness, Housing advice, Housing maintenance and repairs, Landlord services


Deputy Leader

Cllr Joss Bigmore

Cllr Joss Bigmore
Deputy Leader

Finance and Planning Policy
Portfolio Responsibilities: Finance and accounting (General Fund/Housing Revenue Account), Internal Audit, Procurement, Revenues and Benefits, Planning policy, design, conservation


The Executive

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

Cllr Tim Anderson

Cllr Tim Anderson
Assets and Property
Portfolio Responsibilities: Property and land assets, Engineers, Facilities

Cllr John Redpath

Cllr John Redpath
Customer and Commercial Services
Portfolio Responsibilities:
Complaints, Ombudsman, Customer services and case management, Digital services, FOI, ICT and business systems, Building control, Events, Heritage, Parking (on and off street), Economic Development

Cllr John Rigg

Cllr John Rigg 
Regeneration
Portfolio Responsibilities:
Corporate capital projects, Housing delivery, Transport, Regeneration

Cllr James Steel

Cllr James Steel
Environment and Regulatory Services
Portfolio Responsibilities: Leisure, Bereavement, Green spaces, parks, countryside and trees, Fleet operations, Street cleaning, Waste and recycling, Corporate health and safety, Emergency planning, Environmental health/crime, Food safety, Licensing, Private sector housing

Cllr Tom Hunt

Cllr Tom Hunt
Planning Development, Legal and Democratic Services
Portfolio Responsibilities: 
Planning applications, Planning enforcement, Planning integration and improvement, Democratic and committee services, Elections; Executive and civic support, GDPR, Information security and governance, Legal, Overview and Scrutiny support

Cllr George Potter

Cllr George Potter
Climate Change and Organisational Development
Portfolio Responsibilities: 
Climate change, Air quality, Sustainable Transport, Business transformation, HR, Learning and development, Payroll, Strategy, policy and performance, Programme assurance, Risk management, Business continuity