Leadership of the Council
What is 'Council Cabinet'?
The Leader of the Council is usually the leader of the largest political group or coalition that commands a majority amongst the 51 councillors who represent Derby.
The Leader of the Council chairs Council Cabinet meetings and appoints the councillors who will discharge the executive functions of the authority. These councillors are known as Cabinet Members.
Any decision incurring a cost or saving above £100,000 is normally decided by an individual Cabinet Member at a public meeting. Any decision with a financial impact above £250,000 is decided by Cabinet Members sitting collectively in Cabinet meetings, which take place 12 times a year.
The Cabinet has overall responsibility for services in Derby and works within the overall policies and budget agreed by Council, a meeting of all elected members.
Council Cabinet makes recommendations to Council on key items of policy and the annual budget.
Find out more about your Cabinet members by reading their Portfolio pages.
After serving 39 years in the Derbyshire Police, Councillor Chris Poulter was first elected to represent Spondon Ward in 2006. He has lived in Spondon for over thirty years with his family, who have grown up in the community.
Councillor Poulter previously served as the Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods from 2010 to 2012. In opposition, he took an active role in the scrutiny process, serving as a Vice Chair of the Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Board since 2012. Prior to assuming his current role, he was also a long-standing member of the Licensing Committee.
Councillor Poulter was elected to serve as the Leader of the Council at the Annual General Meeting on 23 May 2018. Councillor Poulter is also the Cabinet Member for Strategy and Policy.
His responsibilities include:
- Overall strategic lead on all council services
- Strategic partnerships
- Derby Plan/Council Plan
- Medium Term Financial Strategy
- National and regional profile
- International development
Councillor Matthew Holmes has served as a local councillor since 2008, initially for Chellaston Ward before being elected to represent Mickleover in 2016.
Councillor Holmes was previously the Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment from 2010 to 2012, Deputy Leader of the Council in 2011/12 and served as Leader of the Opposition from 2016 until 2018. During this time, he was a member of the Executive Scrutiny Board and has also served as a long-standing member of the Planning Control Committee.
Aside from his time as a councillor, Matthew has a wealth of varied experience to bring to his Cabinet role that includes a former career in the music industry and present work that spans specialist Network and IT support within the NHS, as well as creative consultancy to the leisure industry.
Councillor Holmes became Deputy Leader of the Council at the Annual General Meeting on 23 May 2018.
As Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Decarbonisation, Strategic Planning and Transport, his responsibilities include:
- Economic Development
- Regeneration; including Strategic Assets
- Traffic, Transportation and Engineering
- Strategic Transport
- Strategic Planning including Enforcement
Councillor Barker was first elected to represent Oakwood Ward in 2010, having been one of the first families to move to the Oakwood estate in 1979. In the time since, he has witnessed the area grow to become one of the largest private housing estates in Europe.
During his time as a local councillor Mick has amassed significant experience as a Vice Chair of the Licensing Committee, presiding over countless taxi and general licensing sub committee hearings. In recent years, Councillor Barker has also served as a Vice Chair of the Personnel Committee and the Supporting Derby's Workforce Overview and Scrutiny Board.
Mick is a retired Police Officer, having served for 34 years throughout Derbyshire, spending the last five years of his career in Westminster advising parliamentarians on law relating to all aspects of policing.
As Cabinet Member for Governance, Councillor Barker's responsibilities include:
- Communications and Marketing
- Human Resources
- Organisational Development
- Elections and Land Charges
- Procurement and Contracting
- Health and Safety
- Counter Terrorism/Migration
Councillor Nicola Roulstone was elected to represent Spondon Ward in 2015.
Councillor Roulstone served as the Vice-Chair of the Audits and Accounts Committee from 2016 to 2018, earning a reputation for her close attention to detail. Nicola has also served as a member of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Review Board.
Nicola began a career in Accounts when she started her AAT Modern Apprenticeship in 2001. Throughout her working life she has held a number of roles within the private sector from Apprentice to Management Accountant.
After becoming an elected member, Nicola opted to give up her daytime role to focus on her position as a councillor and her three children, including two boys with SEND. Nicola has a range of other interests, including being involved in local parent groups for SEND and Autism.
As Cabinet Member for Finance, Assets and Digital, her responsibilities include:
- Revenues and Benefits
- Business Support
- Business Systems
- Customer Management
- Digital and IT
- Strategic Asset Management and Estates
- Facilities Management
- Property Design
- Connect Derby
- Policy and Insight
- Strategy and Performance
- Change Derby
Councillor Roy Webb has been a local councillor since 1985, initially at Erewash Borough Council, before representing Allestree both as a county and city councillor. With over 30 years experience as a local councillor, he brings with him a wealth of knowledge in relation to adult social care and housing in particular.
Councillor Webb has been a member of the Health and Wellbeing Board since its creation in 2013, as well as holding positions on various committees scrutinising adult social care and public health. Roy has also been a member of the Derby Homes Board from 2004 to 2018.
As Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Housing, his responsibilities include:
- Derby Homes and Derby Advice
- Strategic Housing
- Housing Options Service and Homelessness
- Public Health
- Preparing for Adulthood, Ordinary Lives and Deaf Service
- Community Support
- Mental Health and LAC
- Safeguarding and Professional Services
- Home First
- Direct Services and CYP Residential
- Business Intelligence
- Commissioning and Market Management
Councillor Evonne Williams was elected to represent Spondon Ward in 2000 and has significant experience in relation to children's services in particular.
Councillor Williams was previously the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People from 2010 to 2012 and has served on both the Corporate Parenting Committee and Inspiring Young People Overview and Scrutiny Board during her most recent time in opposition.
As Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Skills, her responsibilities include:
- Adult Education
- Education and Skills
- Employability (part of Economic Development)
- Inclusion and Intervention
- Fostering and Adoption
- Childrens QA
- Specialist Services
- Early Help
- Social Care Fieldwork
- School Organisation and Provision
Councillor Jonathan Smale was first elected to represent Chaddesden Ward in 2016.
Since then, Councillor Smale has served as Vice Chair of the Communities Scrutiny Review Board and as a member of the Audit and Accounts Committee. Jonathan currently sits as a member of the Licensing Committee, having done so since June 2017.
Councillor Smale is the youngest Cabinet Member, having been involved in local politics since 2010. Jonathan is looking forward to working on such a wide ranging and visible portfolio. His personal interests include motorsport, rugby and football; he is a passionate Derby County supporter having held a season ticket for over 23 years.
As the Cabinet Member for Place and Community Development, his responsibilities include:
- Community Recovery
- Partnership engagement including city centre and VCS
- Community Safety and Integration
- Environmental Protection Housing Standards, Licensing and Emergency Planning
- Trading Standards, Bereavement Services and Food Safety and Building Consultancy
Councillor Ross McCristal was first elected to represent Chellaston Ward in 2018.
Since then, Councillor McCristal has served as a member of the following Committees and Scrutiny Review Boards: Regeneration and Housing Scrutiny Review Board, Planning Control Committee, Adults and Health Scrutiny Review Board, Children and Young People Scrutiny Review Board, Audit and Governance Committee, Corporate Services Scrutiny Review Board, Personnel Committee and Corporate Parenting Committee.
Councillor McCristal became Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Leisure, Culture and Tourism on 26 May 2021. His responsibilities include:
- Leisure and Business Development (including Derby Live, libraries and events)
- Active Living and Wellbeing
- Culture and Arts Development
- Markets and Market Place
Councillor Jerry Pearce was first elected to represent Chaddesden Ward in 2019.
Since then, Councillor Jerry Pearce has served as a member of the following Committees and Scrutiny Review Boards: Regeneration and Housing Scrutiny Review Board, Communities Scrutiny Review Board, Planning Control Committee and Licensing Committee.
Councillor J Pearce became Cabinet Member for Streetpride and Public Spaces on 26 May 2021. His responsibilities include:
- Street Cleaning, Waste and Fleet Management
- Highways Maintenance, Grounds Maintenance, Land drainage
- Streetpride (including parks/city centre bins)
- Parks and Open Spaces