Powys County Council

Cyngor Sir Powys
Coat of arms or logo
Founded1 April 1996
Preceded byPowys County Council
Radnorshire District Council
Montgomeryshire District Council
Brecknock Borough Council
Chair of the Council
Gwynfor Thomas, Welsh Conservatives
Leader of the Council
Deputy Leader
Leader of the Opposition
Chief Executive
Dr Caroline Turner
Seats68 councillors
Powys Council composition
Political groups
  Liberal Democrat (24)
  Independent (17)
  Conservative (14)
  Labour (9)
  Plaid Cymru (3)
  Green (1)
Length of term
5 Years
First past the post
First election
4 May 1995
Last election
4 May 2017
Next election
5 May 2022
Meeting place
Powys County Hall, Llandrindod Wells - geograph.org.uk - 190404.jpg
County Hall, Llandrindod Wells

Powys County Council (Welsh: Cyngor Sir Powys) is the local authority for Powys, one of the administrative areas of Wales. The County Hall is in Llandrindod Wells.

Political makeup

All up elections took place every four years, between 1995 and 2012, when then council moved along with the rest of Wales to a five year cycle.

The first election was held in 1995 and the most recent was on 4 May 2017.

Throughout its modern existence Powys County Council has been led by non-aligned Independent councillors. In the run up to the May 2008 elections the majority Independent councillors were divided into a (ruling) Powys Independent Group and a smaller Montgomeryshire Independent Group.[1] The non-political party position of the council was broken in April 2006 when the Labour councillors formed an official political group.[1]

Current composition

Following the 2017 local elections a governing coalition was formed by the independent councillors and the Welsh Conservatives. Rosemarie Harris was elected as the first female leader of the council.[2] After the 2022 local elections, the Liberal Democrats emerged as the largest group followed by independents.[3]

Group affiliation[4] Members
Liberal Democrats 24
Independent 17
Conservative 14
Labour 9
Plaid Cymru 3
Green 1

Historic results

Year Independent Labour Conservative Liberal Democrat Plaid Cymru Green Notes
2022 17 9 14 24 3 1 Seats reduced from 73 to 68. Control TBC
2017 30 7 19 13 2 1 Independent-Conservative coalition
2012 48 6 10 9 0 0 Independent majority controlled
2008 45 4 9 15 0 0 Independent majority controlled
2004 54 4 0 15 0 0 Independent majority controlled
1999 57 6 0 10 0 0 Independent majority controlled
1995 62 10 3 8 1 0 Independent majority controlled

Party with the most elected councillors in bold. Coalition agreements in Notes column.



Position[5] Holder Political group Ward
Leader of the Council Rosemarie Harris Independent Llangynidr
Deputy Leader of the Council
Portfolio Holder for Finance, Countryside and Transport
Aled Davies Conservative Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant/Llansilin
Portfolio Holder for Learning and Welsh Language Myfanwy Alexander Independent Banwy
Portfolio Holder for Corporate Governance, Planning and Public Participation James Evans Conservative Gwernyfed
Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care Stephen Hayes Independent Montgomery
Portfolio Holder for Economy and Planning Martin Weale Independent Llanbadarn Fawr
Portfolio Holder for Young People and Culture Rachel Powell Independent Beguildy
Portfolio Holder for Highways, Recycling and Assets Phyl Davies Conservative Blaen Hafren

Electoral wards

Electoral wards in Powys
Electoral wards in Powys

Main article: List of electoral wards in Powys

Powys is administered by Powys County Council and has 68 elected councillors representing 60 council wards. Although it is a unitary authority, the highway functions of the council, along with the allocation of small grants, are delegated to the three Shire Committees. Brecknockshire has 24 councillors, Radnorshire has 15 and Montgomeryshire has 34.[6]

Local elections take place every five years. Some of the electoral wards are coterminous with communities (parishes) of the same name. There are 112 communities in the principal area. Nearly all communities have a local community council.

The following table lists the council wards, the political group representing them, and the communities they cover. Communities with a community council are indicated with a '*':

Ward Political group Councillor Communities
Aber-craf and Ystradgynlais Labour Huw Williams
Labour Sarah Williams
Banwy, Llanfihangel and Llanwddyn Plaid Cymru Bryn Davies
Berriew and Castle Caereinion Conservative Adrian Jones
Brecon East Labour Liz Rijnenberg
Labour Chris Walsh
Brecon West Labour Matthew Dorrance
Labour David Meredith
Bronllys and Felin-fach Liberal Democrats Thomas Colbert
Builth Independent Jeremy Pugh
Caersws Conservative Les George
Churchstoke Liberal Democrats Danny Bebb
Crickhowell with Cwmdu and Tretower Liberal Democrats Matt Beecham
Liberal Democrats Sarah-Jane Beecham
Cwm-twrch Labour Sandra Davies
Disserth and Trecoed with Newbridge Liberal Democrats Little Brighouse
Dolforwyn Conservative Gareth Pugh
Forden and Montgomery Green Jeremy Thorp
Glantwymyn Plaid Cymru Elwyn Vaughan
Glasbury Liberal Democrats James Gibson-Watt
Guilsfield Conservative Ian Harrison
Gwernyfed Liberal Democrats William Lloyd
Hay Liberal Democrats Gareth Ratcliffe
Ithon Valley Independent Geoff Morgan
Kerry Conservative Benjamin Breeze
Knighton with Beguildy Liberal Democrats Corinna Kenyon-Wade
Independent Ange Williams
Llanafanfawr with Garth Independent Bryan Davies
Llanbrynmair Plaid Cymru Gary Mitchell
Llandinam with Dolfor Conservative Karl Lewis
Llandrindod North Liberal Democrats Jake Berriman
Llandrindod South Liberal Democrats Josie Ewing
Liberal Democrats Pete Roberts
Llandrinio Conservative Lucy Roberts
Llandysilio Independent Arwel Jones
Llanelwedd Independent Gareth Emlyn Jones
Llanfair Caereinion and Llanerfyl Independent Gareth Jones
Llanfyllin Conservative Peter Lewis
Llangattock and Llangynidr Liberal Democrats Jackie Charlton
Llangors with Bwlch Liberal Democrats Sian Cox
Llangunllo with Norton Independent Deb Edwards
Llangyniew and Meifod Conservative Jonathan Wilkinson
Llanidloes Liberal Democrats Gareth Morgan
Liberal Democrats Glyn Preston
Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant and Llansilin Conservative Aled Davies
Llansantffraid Conservative Gwynfor Thomas
Llanwrtyd Wells Independent Peter James
Llanyre with Nantmel Independent Claire Mills
Machynlleth Independent Mike Williams
Maescar and Llywel Independent Edwin Roderick
Newtown Central and South Liberal Democrats Kelly Healy
Liberal Democrats David Selby
Newtown East Independent Joy Jones
  • Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn* (part)
Newtown North Liberal Democrats Adam Kennerley
  • Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn* (part)
Newtown West Conservative Peter Lewington
  • Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn* (part)
Old Radnor Independent Edward Jones
Presteigne Independent Beverley Baynham
Rhayader Liberal Democrats Angela Davies
Rhiwcynon Independent Heulwen Hulme
Talgarth Liberal Democrats William Powell
Talybont-on-Usk Liberal Democrats Anita Cartwright
Tawe Uchaf Labour David Thomas
Trelystan and Trewern Conservative Amanda Jenner
Welshpool Castle Liberal Democrats Richard Church
Welshpool Gungrog Liberal Democrats Carol Robinson
Welshpool Llanerchyddol Independent Graham Breeze
Ynyscedwyn Labour Susan McNicholas
Yscir with Honddu Isaf and Llanddew Conservative Iain McIntosh


  1. ^ a b Hywel Trewyn (29 April 2008) "A guide to the elections in Powys", BBC News. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Rosemarie Harris first woman leader for Powys council", BBC News, 18 May 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Powys result - Local Elections 2022". BBC News.
  4. ^ Your Councillors by Ward
  5. ^ Council Cabinet
  6. ^ "Articles of the Constitution, Part 2 Article 10" (PDF). Powys Council. Retrieved 22 December 2006.[permanent dead link]