The council has a Cabinet and Leader management structure. The council is Conservative controlled.
Cabinet is responsible for carrying out the executive functions of the council within the approved budget and policy framework.
The cabinet is:
John Cotton - Council Leader, corporate strategy, communications and strategic policy (including local plan)
Cllr for Berinsfield - Conservative
Jane Murphy - Deputy Leader and Finance
Cllr for Cholsey - Conservative
Elizabeth Gillespie - community safety, legal, democratic services, electoral services, licensing and grants
Cllr for Garsingston & Horspath - Conservative
Tony Harbour - technical services (including environmental health, grounds maintenance and waste)
Cllr for Didcot North East - Conservative
Lynn Lloyd - leisure services, arts and housing
Cllr for Chinnor - Conservative
David Nimmo-Smith - 5 councils partnership and corporate services contracts, IT and HR
Cllr for Woodcote and Rotherfield
Robert Simister - development and regeneration including property, economic development, Didcot Garden Town and Berinsfield
Cllr for Kidmore End and Whitchurch - Conservative
Felix Bloomfield - development management and building control
Cllr for Benson and Crowmarsh - Conservative
The Council is chaired by:
Jeannette Matelot, who is also responsible for bursary awards and general presentations
There are 36 councillors directing the work of the council, elected by the voters of South Oxfordshire. Our elections are held every four years. Each councillor represents a ward in South Oxfordshire.
The council came into existence in 1974 and until 1995 was Conservative controlled. From 1995 to 2003, a Liberal Democrat/Labour administration ran the council. At the elections in 2003, the Conservative group regained control, and have been the ruling group since. Following the May 2015 elections the Conservatives have 33 seats, the Henley Residents Group one, Labour one and the Liberal Democrats also have one seat.
Last reviewed: 03 - 07 - 2017