List of United Kingdom council leaders
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This is a list of current British council leaders of local government authorities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Council leaders are often representatives of the majority party, or largest party on the council, but can sometimes be representatives of minority administrations or coalition parties.
- As of 15 March 2018
|Buckinghamshire County Council||Leader of the Council||Martin Tett||26 May 2011||URL|
|Cambridgeshire County Council||Leader of the Council||Steve Count||13 May 2014||URL|
|Cumbria County Council||Leader of the Council||Stewart Young||16 May 2013||URL|
|Derbyshire County Council||Leader of the Council||Barry Lewis||24 May 2017||URL|
|Devon County Council||Leader of the Council||John Hart||25 June 2009||URL|
|Dorset County Council||Leader of the Council||Rebecca Knox||18 May 2017||URL|
|East Sussex County Council||Leader of the Council||Keith Glazier||21 May 2013||URL|
|Essex County Council||Leader of the Council||David Finch||14 May 2013||URL|
|Gloucestershire County Council||Leader of the Council||Mark Hawthorne MBE||19 May 2010||URL|
|Hampshire County Council||Leader of the Council||Roy Perry||23 May 2013||URL|
|Hertfordshire County Council||Leader of the Council||David Williams||21 November 2017||URL|
|Kent County Council||Leader of the Council||Paul Carter CBE||October 2005||URL|
|Lancashire County Council||Leader of the Council||Geoff Driver CBE||25 May 2017||URL|
|Leicestershire County Council||Leader of the Council||Nicholas Rushton||26 September 2012||URL|
|Lincolnshire County Council||Leader of the Council||Martin Hill OBE||2005||URL|
|Norfolk County Council||Leader of the Council||Andrew Proctor||1 June 2018||URL|
|North Yorkshire County Council||Leader of the Council||Carl Les||20 May 2015||URL|
|Northamptonshire County Council||Leader of the Council||Vacant||15 March 2018||URL|
|Nottinghamshire County Council||Leader of the Council||Kay Cutts MBE||25 May 2017||URL|
|Oxfordshire County Council||Leader of the Council||Ian Hudspeth||15 May 2012||URL|
|Somerset County Council||Leader of the Council||David Fothergill||24 May 2017||URL|
|Staffordshire County Council||Leader of the Council||Philip Atkins OBE||18 June 2009||URL|
|Suffolk County Council||Leader of the Council||Matthew Hicks||24 May 2018||URL|
|Surrey County Council||Leader of the Council||David Hodge CBE||11 October 2011||URL|
|Warwickshire County Council||Leader of the Council||Izzi Seccombe||22 May 2013||URL|
|West Sussex County Council||Leader of the Council||Louise Goldsmith||May 2010||URL|
|Worcestershire County Council||Leader of the Council||Simon Geraghty||14 January 2016||URL|
|Barnsley Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Sir Stephen Houghton CBE||1996||URL|
|Birmingham City Council||Leader of the Council||Ian Ward||7 November 2017||URL|
|Bolton Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Linda Thomas||5 February 2018||URL|
|Bradford City Council||Leader of the Council||Susan Hinchcliffe||17 May 2016||URL|
|Bury Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Rishi Shori||18 May 2016||URL|
|Calderdale Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Tim Swift||27 May 2015||URL|
|Coventry City Council||Leader of the Council||George Duggins||19 May 2016||URL|
|Doncaster Borough Council||Mayor||Ros Jones CBE||3 May 2013||URL|
|Dudley Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Patrick Harley||18 May 2017||URL|
|Gateshead Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Martin Gannon||20 May 2016||URL|
|Kirklees Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Shabir Pandor||23 May 2018||URL|
|Knowsley Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Andy Moorhead||22 May 2015||URL|
|Leeds City Council||Leader of the Council||Judith Blake||21 May 2015||URL|
|Liverpool City Council||Mayor||Joe Anderson OBE||3 May 2012[a]||URL|
|Manchester City Council||Leader of the Council||Sir Richard Leese CBE||May 1996||URL|
|North Tyneside Borough Council||Mayor||Norma Redfearn CBE||2 May 2013||URL|
|Newcastle upon Tyne City Council[b]||Leader of the Council||Nick Forbes||25 May 2011||URL|
|Oldham Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Jean Stretton||27 January 2016||URL|
|Rochdale Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Allen Brett||13 December 2017||URL|
|Rotherham Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Chris Read||4 March 2015||URL|
|South Tyneside Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Iain Malcolm||13 May 2008||URL|
|Salford City Council||Mayor||Paul Dennett||6 May 2016||URL|
|Sandwell Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Steve Eling||20 May 2016||URL|
|Sefton Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Ian Maher||21 May 2015||URL|
|Sheffield City Council||Leader of the Council||Julie Dore||18 May 2011||URL|
|Solihull Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Bob Sleigh OBE||10 June 2014||URL|
|St Helens Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Joe Pearson||18 May 2017||URL|
|Stockport Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Alex Ganotis||24 May 2016||URL|
|Sunderland City Council||Leader of the Council||Graeme Miller||16 May 2018||URL|
|Tameside Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Brenda Warrington||31 January 2018||URL|
|Trafford Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Andrew Western||23 May 2018||URL|
|Wakefield City Council||Leader of the Council||Peter Box||August 1998||URL|
|Walsall Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Mike Bird||21 May 2018||URL|
|Wigan Borough Council||Leader of the Council||David Molyneux||15 May 2018||URL|
|Wirral Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Phil Davies||14 May 2012||URL|
|Wolverhampton City Council||Leader of the Council||Roger Lawrence||2011||URL|
|Bath and North East Somerset Council||Leader of the Council||Dine Romero||21 May 2019||URL|
|Bedford Borough Council||Mayor||Dave Hodgson||16 October 2009||URL|
|Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Mohammed Khan OBE||21 May 2015||URL|
|Blackpool Council||Leader of the Council||Simon Blackburn||23 May 2011||URL|
|Bournemouth Borough Council||Leader of the Council||John Beesley||21 February 2012||URL|
|Bracknell Forest Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Paul Bettison OBE||May 1997||URL|
|Brighton and Hove City Council||Leader of the Council||Warren Morgan||21 May 2015||URL|
|Bristol City Council||Mayor||Marvin Rees||7 May 2016||URL|
|Central Bedfordshire Council||Leader of the Council||James Jamieson||19 May 2011||URL|
|Cheshire East Council||Leader of the Council||Rachel Bailey||25 February 2016||URL|
|Cheshire West and Chester Council||Leader of the Council||Samantha Dixon||21 May 2015||URL|
|Cornwall Council||Leader of the Council||Adam Paynter||23 May 2017||URL|
|Durham County Council||Leader of the Council||Simon Henig CBE||23 May 2008||URL|
|Darlington Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Bill Dixon MBE||26 May 2011||URL|
|Derby City Council||Leader of the Council||Vacant||3 May 2018||URL|
|East Riding of Yorkshire Council||Leader of the Council||Richard Burton||8 May 2019||URL|
|Halton Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Rob Polhill||21 May 2010||URL|
|Hartlepool Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Christopher Akers-Belcher||2 May 2013||URL|
|Herefordshire Council||Leader of the Council||Jonathan Lester||9 March 2018||URL|
|Isle of Wight Council||Leader of the Council||Dave Stewart||18 January 2017||URL|
|Hull City Council||Leader of the Council||Steve Brady||19 May 2011||URL|
|Leicester City Council||Mayor||Sir Peter Soulsby||6 May 2011||URL|
|Luton Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Hazel Simmons MBE||22 May 2007||URL|
|Medway Council||Leader of the Council||Alan Jarrett||28 May 2016||URL|
|Middlesbrough Borough Council||Mayor||Dave Budd||8 May 2015||URL|
|Milton Keynes Council||Leader of the Council||Peter Marland||26 May 2014||URL|
|North East Lincolnshire Council||Leader of the Council||Ray Oxby||28 May 2015||URL|
|North Lincolnshire Council||Leader of the Council||Rob Waltham MBE||16 January 2017||URL|
|North Somerset Council||Leader of the Council||Nigel Ashton||3 May 2007||URL|
|Northumberland County Council||Leader of the Council||Peter Alan Jackson||24 May 2017||URL|
|Nottingham City Council||Leader of the Council||Jon Collins||2003||URL|
|Peterborough City Council||Leader of the Council||John Holdich OBE||12 May 2015||URL|
|Plymouth City Council||Leader of the Council||Tudor Evans||3 May 2018||URL|
|Poole Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Janet Walton||20 May 2015||URL|
|Portsmouth City Council||Leader of the Council||Gerald Vernon-Jackson CBE||15 May 2018||URL|
|Reading Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Jo Lovelock||25 May 2011||URL|
|Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Sue Jeffrey||28 May 2015||URL|
|Rutland County Council||Leader of the Council||Oliver Hemsley||5 February 2017||URL|
|Shropshire Council||Leader of the Council||Peter Nutting||15 May 2017||URL|
|Slough Borough Council||Leader of the Council||James C Swindlehurst||28 November 2017||URL|
|Southampton City Council||Leader of the Council||Christopher Hammond||14 May 2018||URL|
|Southend-on-Sea Borough Council||Leader of the Council||John Lamb||12 May 2016||URL|
|South Gloucestershire Council||Leader of the Council||Matthew Riddle||15 October 2014|
|Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Bob Cook||May 2011||URL|
|Stoke-on-Trent City Council||Leader of the Council||Ann James||17 May 2018||URL|
|Swindon Borough Council||Leader of the Council||David Renard||11 April 2013|
|Telford and Wrekin Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Shaun Davies||27 May 2016||URL|
|Thurrock Council||Leader of the Council||Rob Gledhill||25 May 2016||URL|
|Torbay Council||Mayor||Gordon Oliver||5 May 2011||URL|
|Warrington Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Terry O’Neill||23 May 2011||URL|
|West Berkshire Council||Leader of the Council||Graham Jones||9 May 2017||URL|
|Wiltshire Council||Leader of the Council||Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE||1 April 2009[c]||URL|
|Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Simon Dudley||24 May 2016||URL|
|Wokingham Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Charlotte Haitham Taylor||18 May 2017||URL|
|City of York Council||Leader of the Council||Keith Aspden||22 May 2019||URL|
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|Barking and Dagenham||Leader of the Council||Darren Rodwell||May 2014|
|Barnet||Leader of the Council||Richard Cornelius||June 2011|
|Bexley||Leader of the Council||Teresa O’Neill OBE||May 2008|
|Brent||Leader of the Council||Muhammed Butt||May 2012|
|Bromley||Leader of the Council||Colin Smith||September 2017|
|Camden||Leader of the Council||Georgia Gould||May 2017|
|Croydon||Leader of the Council||Tony Newman||May 2014|
|Ealing||Leader of the Council||Julian Bell||May 2010|
|Enfield||Leader of the Council||Doug Taylor||May 2010|
|Greenwich||Leader of the Council||Denise Hyland||June 2014|
|Hackney||Mayor||Philip Glanville||September 2016|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||Leader of the Council||Stephen Cowan||May 2014|
|Haringey||Leader of the Council||Claire Kober OBE||December 2008|
|Harrow||Leader of the Council||Sachin Shah||May 2016|
|Havering||Leader of the Council||Roger Ramsey||June 2014|
|Hillingdon||Leader of the Council||Raymond Puddifoot MBE||July 2000|
|Hounslow||Leader of the Council||Steve Curran||June 2014|
|Islington||Leader of the Council||Richard Watts||October 2013|
|Kensington and Chelsea||Leader of the Council||Elizabeth Campbell||July 2017|
|Kingston upon Thames||Leader of the Council||Kevin Davis||May 2014|
|Lambeth||Leader of the Council||Lib Peck||December 2012|
|Lewisham||Mayor||Sir Steve Bullock||May 2002|
|Merton||Leader of the Council||Stephen Alambritis||May 2010|
|Newham||Mayor||Sir Robin Wales[d]||May 2002|
|Redbridge||Leader of the Council||Jas Athwal||June 2014|
|Richmond upon Thames||Leader of the Council||Paul Hodgins||July 2017|
|Southwark||Leader of the Council||Peter John||May 2010|
|Sutton||Leader of the Council||Ruth Dombey OBE||May 2012|
|Tower Hamlets||Mayor||John Biggs||June 2015|
|Waltham Forest||Leader of the Council||Clare Coghill||May 2012|
|Wandsworth||Leader of the Council||Ravi Govindia CBE||May 2011|
|Westminster||Leader of the Council||Nickie Aiken||January 2017|
Sui generis entities
|City of London Corporation||Lord Mayor||Charles Bowman||November 2017|||
|Council of the Isles of Scilly||Chairman of the Council||Ted Moulson||May 2017|||
|Aberdeen City Council||Co-leaders of the council||Douglas Lumsden
|Aberdeenshire Council||Leader of the council||Jim Gifford||May 2012|||
|Angus Council||Leader of the council||Bob Myles||May 2017|||
|Argyll and Bute Council||Leader of the council||Aileen Morton||May 2017|||
|Edinburgh City Council||Leader of the council||Adam McVey||May 2017|||
|Clackmannanshire Council||Leader of the council||Les Sharp||3 November 2014|||
|Dumfries and Galloway Council||Leader of the council||Elaine Murray||May 2017|||
|Dundee City Council||Leader of the council||John Alexander||May 2017|||
|East Ayrshire Council||Leader of the council||Douglas Reid||May 2007|||
|East Dunbartonshire Council||Leader of the council||Gordan Low||May 2017|||
|East Lothian Council||Leader of the council||Willie Innes||May 2012|
|East Renfrewshire Council||Leader of the council||Tony Buchanan||May 2017|||
|Falkirk Council||Leader of the council||Cecil Meiklejohn||May 2017|||
|Fife Council||Co-leaders of the council||David Ross
|Glasgow City Council||Leader of the council||Susan Aitken||May 2017|||
|Highland Council||Leader of the council||Margaret Davidson||June 2015|||
|Inverclyde Council||Leader of the council||Stephen McCabe||May 2012|
|Midlothian Council||Leader of the council||Derek Milligan||May 2017|||
|Moray Council[e]||Leader of the council||George Alexander||May 2017|||
|Comhairle nan Eilean Siar||Leader of the council||Roddie Mackay||May 2017|||
|North Ayrshire Council||Leader of the council||Joe Cullinane||May 2017|||
|North Lanarkshire Council||Leader of the council||Jim McCabe||8 March 2016|||
|Orkney Islands Council||Leader of the council||James Stockan||May 2017|||
|Perth and Kinross Council||Leader of the council||Ian Campbell||May 2017|||
|Renfrewshire Council||Leader of the council||Iain Nicolson||May 2017|||
|Scottish Borders Council||Leader of the council||Shona Haslam||May 2003|||
|Shetland Islands Council||Leader of the council||Cecil Smith||May 2017|||
|South Ayrshire Council||Leader of the council||Douglas Campbell||May 2007|||
|South Lanarkshire Council||Leader of the council||John Ross||May 2017|||
|Stirling Council||Leader of the council||Scott Farmer||May 2012|||
|West Dunbartonshire Council||Leader of the council||Jonathan McColl||May 2017|||
|West Lothian Council||Leader of the council||Lawrence Fitzpatrick||May 2017|||
|Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Nigel Daniels||May 2017|||
|Bridgend County Borough Council||Leader of the council||Huw David||May 2017|||
|Caerphilly County Borough Council||Leader of the Council||David Poole||18 May 2017|||
|Cardiff Council||Leader of the Council||Huw Thomas||May 2017|||
|Carmarthenshire County Council||Leader of the Council||Emlyn Dole||May 2017|||
|Ceredigion County Council||Leader of the Council||Ellen ap Gwynn||May 2017|||
|Conwy County Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Gareth Jones||May 2017|||
|Denbighshire County Council||Leader of the Council||Hugh Evans OBE||6 November 2007|||
|Flintshire County Council||Leader of the Council||Aaron Shotton||May 2017|||
|Gwynedd Council||Leader of the Council||Dyfrig Siencyn||May 2017|||
|Isle of Anglesey County Council||Leader of the Council||Llinos Medi Huws||May 2017|||
|Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Kevin O'Neill||May 2017|||
|Monmouthshire County Council||Leader of the Council||Peter Fox OBE||May 2008|||
|Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Rob Jones||May 2017|||
|Newport City Council||Leader of the Council||Debbie Wilcox||16 May 2017|||
|Pembrokeshire County Council||Leader of the Council||David Simpson||May 2017|||
|Powys County Council||Leader of the Council||Rosemarie Harris||May 2017|||
|Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Andrew Morgan||26 May 2014|||
|City and County of Swansea Council||Leader of the Council||Rob Stewart||2014|||
|Torfaen County Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Anthony Hunt||May 2017|||
|Vale of Glamorgan Council||Leader of the Council||Neil Moore||24 May 2019|||
|Wrexham County Borough Council||Leader of the Council||Mark Pritchard||May 2017|||
|Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council||Mayor||John Scott||2016|
|Ards and North Down Borough Council||Mayor||Deborah Girvan||2016|
|Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council||Lord Mayor||Garath Keating||2016|
|Belfast City Council||Lord Mayor||Brian Kingston||2016|
|Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council||Mayor||Maura Hickey||2016|
|Derry City and Strabane District Council||Mayor||Hilary McClintock||2016|
|Fermanagh and Omagh District Council||Chairperson||Mary Garrity||2016|
|Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council||Mayor||Brian Bloomfield||2016|
|Mid and East Antrim Borough Council||Mayor||Audrey Wales||2016|
|Mid-Ulster District Council||Chairperson||Thomas Wilson||2016|
|Newry, Mourne and Down District Council||Chairperson||Gillian Fitzpatrick||2016|
- Previously Leader of the council (May 2010 – May 2012).
- Known as Newcastle City Council.
- Previously Leader of Wiltshire County Council (2003 – 2009).
- Previously Leader of the council (1995 – 2002).
- Alternative name Western Isles Council.
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