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: 

Jane Murphy – Leader, Communications

Cllr for Cholsey 

Felix Bloomfield – Deputy Leader, Planning

Cllr for Benson and Crowmarsh 

Anna Badcock – Legal and Democratic

Cllr for Watlington 

Kevin Bulmer – Corporate Services

Cllr for Goring 

David Dodds – Finance

Cllr for Thame 

Paul Harrison - Development and Regeneration

Cllr for Sonning Common 

Lynn Lloyd – Community Services

Cllr for Chinnor 

Caroline Newton - Housing and Environment

Cllr for Haseley Brook 

Bill Service - Partnership and Insight

Cllr for Didcot North East

The Council is chaired by:

Lorraine Hillier, who is also responsible for bursary awards and general presentations

Political background

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.  

The Conservative group currently holds the majority of seats on the council. There are currently 24 Conservative councillors, two Liberal Democrat councillors, one Labour councillor, and one Henley Residents' Group councillor, six non-group members, and two vacancies.

You can view details for councillors by wardpostcode or political group.

Last reviewed: 29 - 01 - 2019

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