The Executive is responsible for decisions affecting the day-to-day running of the council, linking the action needed to put the council's policies into practice. It has the responsibility to listen to and be advised by the Scrutiny Committee. The Executive is the council’s policy forming team.
The Executive is made up of the Leader plus no more than nine other councillors appointed by the Leader. It normally meets once a month. The Executive’s role and functions are set out in the Terms of Reference in the Constitution.
The Speaking at Council Meetings page gives details on how members of the public can register to speak and the process that is followed during the meetings.
Listed below are the Councillors who are members of the Executive along with their portfolio titles and areas covered (responsibilities will be kept under constant review):-
LEADER OF THE COUNCIL: Councillor Federica Smith-Roberts
Areas covered: Overall responsibility for SWT Council and its corporate aims.
DEPUTY LEADER AND SPORTS, PARKS, LEISURE AND PHOSPHATES: Councillor Derek Perry
Areas covered: Deputy Leader, Promotion of Parks and Open Spaces, Sports and Play and Everyone Active (new leisure provider).
COMMUNITY: Councillor Chris Booth
Areas covered: Family Focus, One Team (multi-agency) working in priority areas, Rural Group, Community Safety and anti-social behaviour, Health and Wellbeing, Community Development, Voluntary and Community Sector, Youth Diversion, Equalities and Diversity, Safeguarding and vulnerability, Locality Working and Community Engagement, Tackling Deprivation and Improving Social Mobility.
CULTURE: Councillor Caroline Ellis
Areas covered: Culture and District events.
HOUSING: Councillor Fran Smith
Areas covered: Council Housing, Housing Strategy, Housing Enabling (Affordable Housing), Private Sector Housing Regulation and Improvement, Homelessness and Housing Options, Disabled Facilities Grants, Welfare Reform, Fuel Poverty, Capital Programme, Housing Repairs and Maintenance and Deane Helpline.
COMMUNICATIONS AND CORPORATE RESOURCES: Councillor Benet Allen
Areas covered: Finance, Procurement, Revenue and Benefits, Corporate Services, Governance, Shared Legal Services and Communications.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION: Councillor Mike Rigby
Areas covered: Planning Policy and Development Management, Transport (including cycle ways and canals), Garden Town, Regeneration, Inward Investment, Asset Management, Business Support and Development, Town Centre, Rural and Coastal Vitality, Innovation and Productivity and Somerset Growth Board.
ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES: Councillor Andrew Sully
Areas covered: Environmental Health, Somerset Waste Partnership, Crematorium and Cemeteries, Licensing, Street Scene Services (including idVerde contract) and Parks and Open Space Maintenance.
CLIMATE CHANGE: Councillor Dixie Darch
Areas covered: Climate Change and Carbon Neutral, Hinkley Point C Nuclear New Build (with support from Councillor Chris Morgan), Renewable Energy, Environmental Impact and Stewardship, Flood risk, Resilience and Coastal Management and Harbours.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT REORGANISATION: Councillor Sarah Wakefield
Areas covered: All areas involving LGR, Ensuring the Council transitional arrangements are in place ready for the New Authority Vesting Day in April 2023.
Support officer: Clare Rendell Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.