The Shadow Dorset Council is made up of all councillors of six Dorset councils including Dorset County Council, East Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council, Purbeck District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.
We are collectively committed to develop a jointly owned, participative environment in which our strengths, experience and expertise can be shared for the benefit of the whole of Dorset.
We will work collaboratively to find solutions to current challenges which will strengthen all of our abilities to deal with the on-going issue of less finance and increased demand on our services. Central to our work will be a drive to improve outcomes for Dorset residents and communities. We will work together in partnership to improve collective decision making, putting communities at the heart of all we do.
The Leader and Deputy Leader of the Shadow Dorset Council were appointed by the Shadow Executive Committee at its first meeting on 18 June 2018.
Cllr Rebecca Knox is the Leader
Cllr Gary Suttle is the Deputy Leader
Cllr Hilary Cox is the Chairman
Cllr Peter Shorland is the Vice-Chairman
The Shadow Dorset Council comprises of all councillors that currently serve on Dorset County Council and the five district/borough councils of East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland. There is a total of 206 councillors and 32 of the councillors are members of both the County Council and one of the district/borough councils.
Interim Statutory officers
As part of the set up phase of the Shadow Dorset Council, we have been undertaking the recruitment process for interim roles to the statutory posts of Head of Paid Service, Section 151 Officer and Monitoring Officer. These roles are separate to the substantive roles for the new Dorset Council which, although open to the interim appointees, will be filled through a separate process. As interim posts the individuals retain their existing terms and conditions of employment and salary. Following a robust selection process involving the leaders of the six councils, supported by South West Councils, the following recommendations for appointment will be made at Thursday’s ( 7 June 2018) Shadow Council meeting:
Interim Head of Paid Service – Matt Prosser (above left)
Interim Section 151 Officer – Jason Vaughan (above centre)
Interim Monitoring Officer – Jonathan Mair (above right)
Matt Prosser is currently the Chief Executive of Dorset Councils Partnership, Jason Vaughan is Strategic Director & Chief Finance Officer for Dorset Councils Partnership and Jonathan Mair is Service Director for Organisational Development, Dorset County Council.
Members of the public are able to ask questions at meetings of the Shadow Council and its committees – you can read the full guidance here: Guidance Note – Public Speaking
Agendas, reports and minutes for the committees of the Shadow Dorset Council are available below.
- Shadow Executive Committee
- Shadow Overview and Scrutiny Committee
- Shadow Senior Officer Appointments Committee
- Shadow Standards Committee
Dorset Area Joint Committee
The Dorset Area Joint Committee was the predecessor to the Shadow Dorset Council as a body which took forward the ambition of Local Government Reorganisation in Dorset prior to legislation being approved by Government. The Joint Committee was made up of representatives of six Dorset councils including Dorset County Council, East Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council, Purbeck District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council. The Joint Committee was disbanded at the point that the Shadow Dorset Council was established in June 2018.
The agendas, reports and minutes of all of the Joint Committee meetings can be found here.