Derbyshire County Council
Cllr Trevor Ainsworth,
since 22 May 2019
Civic Chairman
Cllr Jean Wharmby,
since 7 May 2021
Vice Civic Chairman
Cllr David Wilson,
since 7 May 2021
Leader of the Council
Cllr Barry Lewis,
since 22 May 2019
Leader of the Labour Group
Cllr Joan Dixon,
Seats64 councillors
Political groups
  Conservative (45)
Other parties
  Labour Party (14)
  Liberal Democrat (4)
  Green (1)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
6 May 2021
Next election
May 2025
Meeting place
County Hall

Derbyshire County Council is the upper-tier local authority for the non-metropolitan county of Derbyshire, England. It has 64 councillors representing 61 divisions, with three divisions having two members each. They are Glossop and Charlesworth, Alfreton and Somercotes, and Eckington and Killamarsh.[1] The authority is controlled by the Conservative Party, who won control in the May 2017 local council election and retained control in the May 2021 elections.

The Leader of the Council is Cllr Barry Lewis. He heads a cabinet consisting of eight other members – those being Cllr Simon Spencer, Cllr Carol Hart, Cllr Natalie Hoy, Cllr Tony King, Cllr Carolyn Renwick, Cllr Kewal Singh Athwal, Cllr Julie Patten and Cllr Alex Dale.[2] The cabinet members each have responsibility for particular functions of the council and are assisted by Cabinet Support Members.


The council was first set up in 1889 under the Local Government Act 1888,[3] covering the administrative county. It was reconstituted under the Local Government Act 1972 to cover a different territory. In 1997, the City of Derby left the area covered by the council becoming a unitary authority, but the city remains part of Derbyshire for ceremonial purposes only. The council originally met at County Hall, Derby, a facility which was built in 1660.[4] In 1955 the council moved to the current county hall in Matlock. This newer county hall is in a former hydrotherapy complex called Smedley's Hydro which was built in 1867.[5]

District and Borough Councils

There are eight lower tier district/borough councils within the Derbyshire Council area:[6]

Political makeup

Elections are held every four years, the next one is due in 2025.

Election Number of councillors elected by each political party
Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats Independent Green
2021 45 14 4 0 1
2017 37 24 3 0 0
2013 18 43 3 0 0
2009 33 22 8 1 0
2005 14 38 10 0 0

Cabinet/Lead Members

PORTFOLIOS (as at May 2021)[2]
Strategic Leadership, Culture, Tourism and Climate Change
Cabinet Member and Council Leader Cllr Barry Lewis
Cabinet Support Member Cllr Susan Hobson
Highways Assets and Transport
Cabinet Member Cllr Kewal Singh Athwal
Cabinet Support Member Cllr Charlotte Cupit
Health and Communities
Cabinet Member Cllr Carol Hart
Cabinet Support Member Cllr Neil Atkin
Adult Care
Cabinet Member Cllr Natalie Hoy
Cabinet Support Member Cllr David Muller
Clean Growth and Regeneration
Cabinet Member Cllr Tony King
Cabinet Support Member Cllr Aaron Gibson
Corporate Services and Budget
Cabinet Member Cllr and Deputy Leader Simon Spencer
Cabinet Support Member Cllr Linda Grooby
Cabinet Member Cllr Alex Dale
Cabinet Support Member Cllr Nigel Gourlay
Infrastructure and Environment
Cabinet Member Cllr Carolyn Renwick
Cabinet Support Member Cllr Alasdair Sutton
Children's Services and Safeguarding
Cabinet Member Cllr Julie Patten
Cabinet Support Member Cllr Garry Hickton
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Joan Dixon

Political control

Election Party in control
2021 Conservative
2017 Conservative
2013 Labour
2009 Conservative
2005 Labour
2001 Labour
1997 Labour
1993 Labour
1989 Labour
1985 Labour
1981 Labour
1977 Conservative
1973 Labour

Notable former members


  1. ^ "Your council – Derbyshire County Council". Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b "New Cabinet announced". Derbyshire County Council. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  3. ^ "The History". Derbyshire County Council. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Short History of Derby UK". Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  5. ^ Roy Christian (15 August 1963). "Matlock and Matlock Bath: The Varied Fortunes of a Derbyshire Spa". Country Life. pp. 356–358. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  6. ^ "District and borough councils". Derbyshire County Council. Retrieved 18 November 2011.