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.
Chief Executive (Designate)
Aidan Dunn – Executive Director of Corporate Development (S151)
Sarah Parker – Executive Director of People – Children
Mathew Kendall – Executive Director of People – Adults
Jonathan Mair – Corporate Director (Legal & Democratic Services Monitoring Officer)
John Sellgren – Executive Director of Place
Sam Crowe – Interim Director of Public Health Dorset
A calendar of meetings was agreed at the first meeting of the Shadow Dorset Council on 7 June 2018. Agendas, Reports and Minutes are available for each meeting of the Committee. During 1 April 2019 until 6 May 2019 there will be Interim Committees to deal with any shadow council business.
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 also available.
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.