The role of a member of the Executive is to perform the following main functions:

  1. As part of the Executive help create for the council the vision and overall strategy for delivering that vision
  2. To participate in the collective strategic decision making of the Executive
  3. To be the lead, spokesperson and advocate of the Executive and the council in respect of any executive portfolio nominated to him/her as an individual member of the Executive

In order to perform the above role a councillor will need to fulfil the following responsibilities within the requirements of the constitution:

  1. To work collectively with the rest of the Executive and senior officers to set the strategic vision, aims, priorities, and financial strategy for the council
  2. To ensure in conjunction with Executive colleagues that the council, individual members, general public and partners are consulted with an kept informed regarding issues affecting the council's policies and services
  3. To lead for the Executive in any matter allocated ensuring that appropriate policies, work programmes and services are provided in accordance with the council's policies, scheme of delegation and relevant legislation
  4. To be accountable for the achievement of the objectives allocated and to report thereon to the Executive, council and members through the quarterly performance report
  5. To maintain a sound working knowledge of issues affecting the council's area and local government in general
  6. To actively promote partnership working with external organisations where instructed by the Executive and where such a partnership will provide demonstrable benefits to achieving the objectives and targets of the council
  7. To uphold appropriate and effective working practices with officers within the member/officer protocol to drive the implementation of agreed policies and ensure that services are delivered in a way that accords with agreed council priorities
  8. To co-operate in full with the council's scrutiny processes
  9. To takes individual and collective responsibility for ensuring that the decisions and functions of the Executive are carried out in accordance with the law, the council's constitution, and the standing orders of the council
  10. To maintain knowledge of and act in accordance with relevant legislation and the councils own constitution and protocols as regards decision making, codes of conduct, ethical government, member/officer relationships etc
  11. To undertake such training as may be appropriate to performing the role