The Executive consists of the Leader (a Councillor
appointed annually by the Council) and 4 other Councillors
(also appointed annually by Council).
Each Executive Member is given a Portfolio which
relates to a departmental function although there are some
‘cross-cutting’ areas. The Executive Member
should provide political leadership in the portfolio and provide
political direction to policy development within the
The Portfolios are echoed by a Scrutiny Committee.
The Executive Member is not a Member of that Committee, but can
participate by invitation only. The purpose of an
Executive attending Scrutiny is to be questioned by the Committee
on specific items on the agenda. The Executive Member is not
in attendance to ask questions of the officers.
The business of the Executive is published in a
forward work programme which is linked to the priorities of the
Council and items in the Scrutiny Forward Work