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Councillors and committees


Executive members

The Executive carries out functions that are not the responsibility of any other part of the council.

After the leader and deputy leader have been appointed by council, they appoint members who are allocated certain areas of responsibility, known as a portfolio.

Cllr Don Davies – Leader of the Council

  • Local Enterprise Partnership and North Somerset Partnership
  • Joint Executive Committee (WECA and North Somerset Council)
  • forward programme and strategic review
  • business management
  • human resources
  • external liaison
  • housing
  • strategic communications (with Deputy Leader)
  • emergency management
  • public transport


Cllr Mike Bell – Deputy Leader of the Council

Adult social care and health

  • adult social care
  • Health and Wellbeing Board
  • public health and regulatory services
  • NHS and health liaison


Cllr Ash Cartman

Finance and performance

  • budgets
  • capital programme
  • performance monitoring
  • democratic services
  • transformation programme
  • income generation (with Executive Member for Business, Economy and Employment)


Cllr James Tonkin

Planning and transport (excluding public transport)

  • planning
  • building control
  • highways
  • transport


Cllr Bridget Petty

Climate emergency and environment

  • climate emergency
  • waste and recycling
  • environmental protection
  • marine environment


Cllr Mark Canniford

Business, economy and employment

  • economic development
  • parking strategy
  • asset management
  • Weston urban expansion and regeneration


Cllr Caritas Charles

Leisure, culture and tourism

  • community engagement and consultation
  • tourism services
  • leisure
  • libraries
  • arts strategy
  • parks and green spaces


Cllr Catherine Gibbons

Children’s services and lifelong learning

  • children and young people’s services
  • education
  • further and higher education liaison