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Leader of Council's Office, the Chief Executive and Civic Office

The Leader of Sedgemoor District Council is Councillor Duncan McGinty and he is the political leader of the Council. The Chairman of the Council, Councillor Peter Downing, is the District's first citizen and the civic figurehead of the whole Council. This is a non-political appointment.

Leader of Council's Office/ Executive

The Leader is elected by the political group that hold the majority number of seats on the Full Council. He is supported by a Deputy Leader and six portfolio holders who make up the Executive.

The Executive are:

  • Leader of Council - Councillor Duncan McGinty
  • Deputy Leader - Councillor Dawn Hill 
  • Environment - Councillor Richard Burden 
  • Community and Scrutiny - Councillor John Swayne 
  • Corporate and Scrutiny - Councillor Ann Bown 
  • Development Strategy - Councillor Michael Caswell
  • Economic Strategy - Councillor Anne Fraser
  • Housing - Councillor Andrew Gilling 

Contact details for the Executive and Leader can be found below, as well as the Executive Structure diagram.

Civic Office

The Chairman of the Council, Councillor Peter Downing, is the District's first citizen and the civic figurehead of the whole Council. The vice-chairman is Councillor Ian Dyer. These are non-political appointments. Both are ex-officio members of the other committees and both appointments are for the municipal year 2013/2014

The Chairman of the Council, or Vice-Chairman of the Council in his absence, will represent Sedgemoor District Council at both external or internal Civic events, will welcome Royal visitors within protocol laid down by the Lord Lieutenant, and host appropriate foreign civic dignitaries.

The Civic diary and organisation of Sedgemoor District Council events hosted by the Chairman of the Council is organised by Democratic Services.
The Chairman of the Council also chairs the Full Council meetings (held every eight weeks).


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