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Leader and Cabinet

Who is in the Cabinet?

The Council's Cabinet is composed of 6 members (the Deputy Leader also holds a portfolio position) from the majority Conservative Group. 

Leader of the Council  Councillor T J Bartlett
Deputy Leader of the Council Councillor O C de R Richardson
Portfolio Holder for Community and Corporate Property  Councillor O C de R Richardson
Portfolio Holder for Finance, Governance, Digital and Climate Change  Councillor C A Vinson
Portfolio Holder for Social Housing, Port Health, Skills & Education Councillor D P Murphy
Portfolio Holder for Planning and Environment Councillor N S Kenton
Portfolio Holder for Transport, Licensing and Regulatory Services Councillor M Bates

What does the Cabinet do?

The Cabinet, which includes the Leader of the Council, is the Executive, or decision-making body, of the Council. The Cabinet meets once a month and consists of the Leader plus five councillors who are appointed by the Leader. Cabinet members are usually drawn from the largest political group on the Council. Each member of the Cabinet has responsibility for one or more areas of Council work (known as ‘portfolios’), such as environment, transport, etc.

The Cabinet’s role is to make decisions on day-to-day matters, consistent with the Council’s overall policies and budget. Where Cabinet decisions fall outside the Council’s policy and budget strategy, these must be referred to the Council for consideration as a whole.


Public Participation

All meetings of Dover District Council’s Cabinet are open to the public and further details can be found on the website under Public Access to Information. The meetings are usually held at the Council Offices, Whitfield although the Cabinet will meet in other locations as deemed appropriate from time to time.


Past Leaders of the Council

A list of the past Leaders of the Council 


Contact Democratic Services

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