Derby City Council
Mayor of Derby
Cllr Frank Harwood, Independent[1]
since 22nd May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Chris Poulter, Conservative
since 3rd May 2018[2]
Chief Executive
Paul Simpson
Seats51 councillors
Political groups
Administration (19)
  Conservative (19)
Confidence & Supply (12)
  Liberal Democrats (7)
  Brexit Party (5)
Opposition (20)
  Labour (16)
  Independent (4)
First past the post
Last election
2 May 2019
Next election
6 May 2021
Industria, Virtus, et Fortitudo
Translation: Diligence, Courage, Strength
Meeting place
Derby Council House, Corporation Street, Derby

Derby City Council is the local government unitary authority for Derby, a city in the East Midlands region of England. It comprises 51 councillors,[3] three for each of the 17 electoral wards of Derby. Currently there is no overall control of the council, with the Conservative Party being the biggest party. Carole Mills took over as Chief Executive in August 2018.

As a unitary authority, Derby City Council is responsible for all services within its boundary and is therefore distinct from the two-tier system of local government that exists in the surrounding county of Derbyshire. Outside the city, responsibility is shared between Derbyshire County Council and various district or borough councils, such as Derbyshire Dales, High Peak, Erewash and Chesterfield.

Political makeup

Derby City Council has 51 councillors, with three councillors representing each of the 17 separate wards within the city. It operates a 'by thirds' operation of elections, meaning that one third of the councillors (one per ward) are elected at each local election for a four-year period. This results in there being local elections three years out of every four, with a fourth fallow year.

The council is led by a Conservative administration, supported by a confidence and supply agreement with the Liberal Democrats and the Brexit Party. The council's political composition is:



Coat of arms of Derby City Council
Granted 12th May 1939[6]
On a wreath of the colours a ram passant Proper collared Or between two sprigs of broom also Proper.
Argent on a mount Vert within park palings a buck lodged between two oak trees fructed Proper.
On either side a buck charged on the shoulder with a sprig of broom Proper.
Industria Virtus Et Fortitudo (Diligence Courage And Strength)


  1. ^ "Derby's mayor quits Conservative group on city council". derbytelegraph. 5 June 2020.
  2. ^ "key-moments-banwait-bolton-whitby". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Derby City Council election arrangements". Derby City Council. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  4. ^ 2FS, Derby City Council, Council House, Corporation Street, Derby, DE1. "Elections - results - Derby City Council".
  5. ^ "New political party set up to reform Derby already has five councillors". Derby Telegraph. 22 June 2020.
  6. ^ "East Midlands Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 5 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)