Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire County Council
Whole council elected every four years

Coat of arms

Council logo
Deputy Leader
Paul Smith, (Lab)
Opposition Leader
Barry Lewis, (Con)
Chief Executive
Ian Stevenson
Seats 64
43 / 64
18 / 64
3 / 64
First Past the Post
Last election
2 May 2013
Next election
Meeting place
County Hall, Matlock, England

Derbyshire County Council is the upper-tier local authority for the non-metropolitan county of Derbyshire, England. It has 64 county councillors,[1] one elected for each county division. The council is controlled by the Labour Party, who won control of the council in the 2013 local council elections in May 2013.

The Leader of the Council is Anne Western CBE, and heads a cabinet consisting of five other members – those being Jim Coyle, Paul Smith, Dave Allen, Dean Collins, and Andy Botham. The six cabinet members each have responsibility for particular functions of the council and are assisted by Deputy Cabinet Members. The Chief Executive is Ian Stephenson who was appointed in 2013 having previously served as the Strategic Director of Environmental Services.[2] and heads the Council's 35,000 strong workforce.[3]


The council was first set up under 1889 under the Local Government Act 1888,[4] covering the administrative county. It was reconstituted under the Local Government Act 1972 to cover a different territory. In 1997, the City of Derby left the area covered by the council becoming a unitary authority, but the city remains part of Derbyshire for ceremonial purposes only. The council originally used a county hall in St. Mary's Gate, Derby which was built in 1660.[5] In 1955 the council moved to the current county hall in Matlock. This newer county hall is in a former hydrotherapy complex called Smedley's Hydro which was built in 1853.[6]

District and Borough Councils

There are 8 lower tier district/borough councils within the Derbyshire Council area:[7]

Political makeup

Elections are held every four years, the next one is due in 2017.

Election Number of councillors elected by each political party
Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats Independent
2013 18 43 3 0
2009 33 22 8 1
2005 14 38 10 0

Cabinet/Lead Members

Strategic Policy, Economic Development and Budget
Cabinet Member and Council Leader Cllr Anne Western CBE
Deputy Cabinet Member Cllr Ron Milhaly
Adult Social Care
Cabinet Member and Deputy Leader Cllr Paul Smith
Deputy Cabinet Member Cllr Paul Jones
Deputy Cabinet Member Cllr Rob Davison
Children's Services
Cabinet Member Cllr Jim Coyle
Deputy Cabinet Member Cllr Damien Greenhalgh
Deputy Cabinet Member Cllr Caitlin Bisknell
Highways, Transport and Infrastrusture
Cabinet Member Cllr Dean Collins
Deputy Cabinet Member Cllr John Owen
Deputy Cabinet Member Cllr Paul Dunn
Health and Communities
Cabinet Member Cllr Dave Allen
Deputy Cabinet Member Cllr Ellie Wilcox
Deputy Cabinet Member Cllr Julie Hill
Council Services
Cabinet Member Cllr Andy Botham
Leader of the Opposition
Cabinet Member Vacant / Not in use *
*The opposition Conservative group leader, Cllr Barry Lewis, has declined to take up the Leader of the Opposition's customary seat on the Cabinet.

Political control

Election Party in control
2013 Labour
2009 Conservative
2005 Labour
2001 Labour
1997 Labour
1993 Labour
1989 Labour
1985 Labour
1981 Labour
1977 Conservative
1973 Labour

Notable former members


  1. "Your council – Derbyshire County Council". Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  2. "County council boss to get lower wage than predecessor". Derby Telegraph. 2013-07-28. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  4. "The History". Derbyshire County Council. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  5. "Short History of Derby UK". Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  6. Roy Christian (15 August 1963). "Matlock and Matlock Bath: The Varied Fortunes of a Derbyshire Spa". Country Life. pp. 356–358. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  7. "District and borough councils". Derbyshire County Council. Retrieved 18 November 2011.

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