Leader of the Council

The current Leader of the Council is Councillor Paul Hodgins.

He has been a councillor since 2006 and represents Barnes Ward. He became a Cabinet Member for Schools in 2010 and in 2014 became a Strategic Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Schools.

How the Leader is chosen

The Leader is nominated by the elected members of the party who has overall control of the Council (currently the Conservatives), and is appointed at a Full Council Meeting.

The Leader’s role

The Leader is the head of the Council’s Executive, which is responsible for most day-to-day Council decisions. The Executive is made up of the Leader and a Cabinet of other Councillors, who are appointed by the Leader and given an individual portfolio. The Cabinet meets monthly and is chaired by the Leader.

He also plays an informal role in nominating members of his party to sit on the Council’s various Committees. Membership on the Council’s Committees reflects the balance of political control in the Council.

Together with the Cabinet, the Leader answers public and Member questions at Council meetings which are attended by all Councillors.

The Leader is also responsible and accountable for the major policy direction of the Council, and represents the Council externally. He identifies new strategies and policies for improving the Council's operations.

Outside the Council

The Leader represents the local community in negotiations with local, regional, national and international organisations, and seeks to develop strong relationships with relevant agencies whose activities affect or serve people in Richmond upon Thames.

He also chairs the Richmond upon Thames Partnership.

Updated: 5 July 2017