There are 38 councillors, each one is elected for a period of four years to represent the residents in part of the district known as a Ward.
A Councillor's Political Group is not necessarily the same as the political party they stood for at election.
View councillor details, including committee appointments, contact information and register of interests.
The role of the district councillor
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 Planning Committees, and may also serve on other committees, such as Executive Committee, Overview & Scrutiny 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 district council, parish and town councils and residents on a range of community matters.
Many Councillors are also representatives on outside bodies.
The Leader and Chairman of the Council
No single party or group is currently in control of Malvern Hills District Council. Instead the Council is run by a partnership between the Democratic Group (independent and Green Party councillors) and the Liberal Democrat Group.
The Leader of the Council is Councillor Sarah Rouse and the Deputy Leader is Councillor Tom Wells.
In May 2019 Councillor Dean Clarke was elected as Chairman. Councillor Caroline Bovey was elected Vice-Chairman.
Malvern Hills District Council has appointed member champions to promote and support various interests of the community.
The roles will focus on four themes including Heritage, Rural, Young People and the Armed Forces.
Acting as a positive focus for the local community, they will make contact with local organisations, familiarise themselves with the needs of the relevant section of the community, act as advocates on their behalf and feedback the decisions of the council. You can view the full role descriptions.
The appointed member champions are:
- Cllr Caroline Palethorpe - Young Person’s Champion
The aim of the role is to work closely with the schools in the district to improve the council’s engagement with young people, consulting them on our key priorities.
- Cllr Barbara Williams - Rural Champion
The aim of the role is to raise and maintain the profile of the district’s rural areas, drawing the council’s attention to rural issues and working with the council to improve the service delivered to rural areas.
The aim of this role is to work with the countywide Covenant Working Group and support the needs of service veterans and families in the district.
- Cllr Tony Penn- Heritage Champion
The aim of this role will be to raise and maintain the profile of the built historic and natural environment and provide a focus for heritage issues across the Council.
The Member Champions provided an annual update on their work in May 2020, which you can view by reading the Member Champion Report.