Wakefield Council roles and responsibilities

Each Councillor has a duty to the whole of the district and also a special responsibility to constituents in the ward for which they are elected.

What do councillors do?

  • councillors take part in the governance and management of the Council
  • they attend meetings and take part in the Council's work, for example, through the decisions taken at Council meetings
  • councillors represent their communities and bring community views into the Council's decision-making process
  • they represent their ward and individual constituents. This allows them to address concerns and acting as their representative
  • councillors balance different interests within the ward and represent the ward as a whole
  • they may be appointed to represent the Council on other bodies

Some councillors take on extra duties to make sure that the council makes good decisions, and that all councillors behave appropriately.

Leader of the Council

Councillor Jeffrey is the Leader of the Council, elected by all members at the annual Council meeting. They chair the Cabinet meeting and direct the overall strategy, budget, and policy arrangements of the Council.

The Leader also represents Wakefield at regional and national events, and provides community leadership to organizations working with the Council.

For more information on the Council's partnerships, visit the Wakefield Together website.

Cabinet Member

The Cabinet is chaired by the Leader of the council. The Cabinet is responsible for taking most of the day-to-day decisions of the council on matters known as Executive Functions.

The members of the Cabinet are called portfolio holders, and each has responsibility for certain areas of activity.

There are currently seven Portfolio Holders, each with a deputy.

Portfolio Cabinet member Cabinet Assistant 
Deputy Leader of the Council and Climate Change and Environment Cllr Jack Hemingway

Cllr Hilary Mitchell

Regeneration and Economic Growth Cllr Michael Graham Cllr Jo Hepworth
Planning and Highways Cllr Matthew Morley Cllr Hannah Appleyard
Culture, Leisure and Sport Cllr Michelle Collins Cllr Lynn Masterman
Children and Young People Cllr Margaret Isherwood Cllr Kathryn Scott
Communities, Poverty, and Health Cllr Maureen Cummings Cllr Josie Pritchard
Resources and Property Cllr Les Shaw Cllr Deb Nicholls

View Cabinet meetings, agendas and minutes

Leader of the Opposition

The Leader of the Opposition speaks for the main Opposition Group and represents their views on policy and priority issues.

Remuneration (allowances & expenses)

Councillors are not paid a salary but receive allowances and expenses to cover their public duties. You can find information about these payments on the Councillors' Allowances and Expenses page.

Standards of Conduct

Councillors follow a Code of Conduct that outlines expected behaviour. This requires them to declare potential conflicts of interest. The Council's Standards Committee oversees this code. If you have a complaint, contact Committee Services for help.

Contact Us

Committee Services County Hall Wakefield WF1 2QW

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