Derby City Council
Coat of arms or logo
Derby City Council Corporate Logo
Mayor of Derby
Robin Wood,
since 26 May 2021
Chris Poulter,
since 23 May 2018[1]
Chief Executive
Paul Simpson
Seats51 councillors
Derby City Council composition.svg
Political groups
Administration (18)
  Conservative (18)
Opposition (33)
  Labour (16)
  Liberal Democrats (8)
  Reform UK (6)
  Independent (3)
First past the post
Last election
5 May 2021
Next election
4 May 2022
Industria, Virtus, et Fortitudo
Translation: Diligence, Courage, Strength
Meeting place
Derby Council House, Derwent Street-Coropation Street, Derby - - 1706009.jpg
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,[2] 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. Paul Simpson became Chief Executive in March 2020.

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

For historical political control and leadership, see Derby City Council elections.

Derby City Council has 51 councillors, with three councillors representing each of the seventeen wards within the city. Up until the 2022 elections it elected councillors 'by thirds', meaning that one third of the councillors (one per ward) were elected at each local election for a four-year period. From 2023 the city will elect its councillors in all out elections which will be based on new ward boundaries.

Following the 2022 elections the political composition is:



Coat of arms of Derby City Council
Granted 12 May 1939[5]
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. ^ Hawley, Zena (4 May 2018). "Derby City Council elections 2018: seven key moments as authority goes to no overall control". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Derby City Council election arrangements". Derby City Council. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  3. ^ 2FS, Derby City Council, Council House, Corporation Street, Derby, DE1. "Elections - results - Derby City Council".
  4. ^ "New political party set up to reform Derby already has five councillors". Derby Telegraph. 22 June 2020.
  5. ^ "East Midlands Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 5 March 2021.