There are 38 Councillors, each one is elected for a period of 4
years to represent the residents in part of the district known as a
Ward. At present, the Conservative group comprises 21
Members, the Liberal Democrats comprises 8 Members, the
Democratic Group comprises 9 Members. A
Councillor’s Political Group is not necessarily the same as the
political party they stood for at election.
Each elected Member serves on full council, which determines
strategic policy and approves certain matters "reserved" to
Council, such as setting the budget and council tax.
Councillors also serve on one of two Area Development Control
Committees, and may also serve on other committees, such as
Executive Committee or the Licensing and Appeals Committee.
An important part of the Councillor's role takes place away from
the council itself and in their ward, where they act as a point of
contact between the council and the public on a range of community
matters. Many Councillors also serve on outside
organisations, such as housing associations and school/college
governing bodies, providing a valuable link between the Council and
The Leader and Chairman of the Council
The Leader of the Council is the most senior politician from the
political party which has the majority of votes. In the case of
Malvern Hills District Council the current leading party is the
Conservatives and the Leader of the Council is
Councillor David Hughes.
The Leader is responsible for spearheading policy implementation
and managing the council’s priorities and vision. The Leader is
also the council’s link with Central Government and they represent
the council on a number of partnership projects and initiatives;
such as the Malvern Hills
The Chairman of the Council is the civic and ceremonial head of
the council, chosen by council to represent the organisation across
the district, be the impartial chair of meetings, support local
community projects, and attend local events. In May of 2013
Councillor Roger Sutton was nominated as Chairman by his fellow
councillors and he will hold the title until May 2014.
Councillor Mike Morgan was nominated to take on the role of
Vice-Chairman. Although the Chairman of the Council is usually a
member of a political party themselves, when they take on the
official role of Chairman they agree to be apolitical for the year.
This is because the Chairman of the Council is expected to be the
‘balancer’ in council meetings and ensure all political parties are
represented equally. It is also important to note that when it
comes to ward related business, the Chairman has no enhanced
decision making powers – they voice their opinion like any other