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Details of the make-up of Copeland Borough Council and how we operate.

Councillor Elaine Woodburn

The council is controlled by the Labour Party. We have 51 elected councillors, 34 Labour, 15 Conservative and two independent councillors. The next local council elections will be in 2015.

The council elects one of its members to be the Leader of the Council for a four year term. This is currently councillor Elaine Woodburn. 

She then appoints up to seven other members as Executive Members. The Executive are responsible for most day-to-day decisions affecting service delivery.You can find details of individual councillors by searching for them by name or party. The council is governed by its constitution. This sets out how the council will operate.

Members of the Executive and their areas of responsibility:

MemberPortfolio Area

Councillor Elaine Woodburn, leader of the council  

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Nuclear
  • Shared Services
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Corporate Reputation
  • Communications
  • Policy Development

  Gillian Troughton, Finance and HR

  • Finance
  • Procurement
  • Asset Management
  • Revenues and benefits
  • Legal (including contracts)
  • Audit
  • Legal
  • Elections
  • PFI
  • Democratic Services
  • Promoting the Council's reputation
  • Policy Development

 George Clements, Community Planning



  • Housing
  • Local Development Framework
  • Development Management
  • Land and Property
  • Building Control
  • Regeneration
  • Promoting the Council's reputation
  • Policy Development

Allan Holliday, Transition and Performance

  • Implementation of savings
  • Shared services
  • Change Board
  • New ways of working
  • Customer services
  • IT
  • Promoting the Council's reputation
  • Policy Development

Hugh Branney, Community Regeneration

  • Localities
  • Town Centres
  • Children and Young People
  • Leisure (NCL)
  • Community Safety
  • Promoting the Council's reputation
  • Policy Development

Peter Kane, Environment

  • Waste
  • Recycling
  • Environmental Health
  • Enforcement
  • Open Spaces
  • Emergency Planning
  • Promoting the Council's reputation
  • Policy Development


Published: 11 July 2012 - 12:50pm