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Leader and Cabinet

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 seven 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.

Key decisions to be taken by the Cabinet are set out in the Council’s Forward Plan, which can be found on this website - Decision Notices.

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.

The Council has two committee which scrutinise decisions taken by the Cabinet - the Scrutiny (Policy and Performance) Committee and the Scrutiny (Community and Regeneration) Committee. These Committees provide an opportunity for members of the public who wish to speak on Cabinet decisions. For further information on which Cabinet decisions are being scrutinised please check the agendas for the relevant scrutiny committee. 

Who is in the Cabinet?

The Council's Cabinet is composed of 7 members from the majority Conservative Group and has been led by Councillor Keith Morris since October 2017. 

Leader and Cabinet
Leader of the Council. Councillor Keith Morris
Deputy Leader Councillor Michael Conolly
Access and Licensing Councillor Nigel Collor
Built Environment Councillor James Back
Community Services Councillor Michael Holloway
Corporate Resources and Performance Councillor Michael Conolly
Environment, Waste and Health Councillor Nicholas Kenton
Property Management and Environmental Health Councillor Trevor Bartlett


Past Leaders of the Council

A list of the past Leaders of the Council.


Contact Democratic Services

Tel: 01304 872303 / 872304 / 872305


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