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Leader of the Council

Headshot of older female with blond cropped hair, wearing a turquoise t-shirt. Green hedging can be seen in the background againt the backdrop of a buildingHelen Dyke was elected to Wyre Forest District Council in 1996 and represents the Aggborough and Spennells Ward. She was appointed as Leader of the Council on Wednesday 12 May 2021. Helen is the third woman in the council's history to take on the Leadership.

As Leader of the Council, Helen provides political and strategic direction for the District Council and leads the Cabinet which has responsibility for the executive functions of the Council.

2020 - 2021 - Graham W. Ballinger
2019 - 2020 - Graham W. Ballinger
2018 - 2019 - Marcus J. Hart
2017 - 2018 - Marcus J. Hart
2016 - 2017 - Marcus J. Hart
2015 - 2016 - Marcus J. Hart
2014 - 2015 - Marcus J. Hart
2013 - 2014 - John Campion
2012 - 2013 - John Campion
2011 - 2012 - John Campion
2010 - 2011 - John Campion
2009 - 2010 - John Campion
2008 - 2009 - John Campion
2007 – 2008 - John Campion
2006 – 2007 - Stephen J. M. Clee
2005 – 2006 - Stephen J. M. Clee
2004 – 2005 - Stephen J. M. Clee
2003 – 2004 - Howard J. Martin
2002 – 2003 - Elizabeth M. Davies
2001 – 2002 - Michael M. G. Oborski
2000 – 2001 - Michael M. G. Oborski
1999 – 2000 - No Leader
1998 – 1999 - James A. Shaw
1997 – 1998 - James A. Shaw
1996 – 1997 - James A. Shaw
1995 – 1996 - Jane C. Bonnick
1994 – 1995 - Jane C. Bonnick
1993 – 1994 - James A. Shaw
1992 – 1993 - James A. Shaw
1991 – 1992 - James A. Shaw
1990 – 1991 - James A. Shaw
1989 – 1990 - James A. Shaw
1988 – 1989 - Gilbert W. Edwards
1987 – 1988 - Gilbert W. Edwards
1986 – 1987 - Gilbert W. Edwards
1985 – 1986 - Michael M. G. Oborski
1984 – 1985 - Anthony J. Batchelor
1983 – 1984 - Graham W. Ballinger
1982 – 1983 - Anthony J. Batchelor
1981 – 1982 - Anthony J. Batchelor
1980 – 1981 - Anthony J. Batchelor
1979 – 1980 - Anthony J. Batchelor
1978 – 1979 - Malcolm R. Cooper
1977 – 1978 - Malcolm R. Cooper
1976 – 1977 - Malcolm R. Cooper
1975 – 1976 - Malcolm R. Cooper
1974 – 1975 - Graham. F. Smith

May 2021

The Cabinet

Councillor Helen Dyke

  • Strategic policy co-ordination
  • National and Regional Influence
  • Partnerships, policy and performance
  • Wyre Forest Forward
  • Communications and branding
  • Town Centres
  • Tourism
  • Implementation of major regeneration projects, including Future High Streets Fund projects
  • Spatial Planning including Local Plan
  • Development Management
  • Land Charges
  • Building Control
  • Localism agenda including asset transfers; relations with parish councils

Councillor Graham Ballinger

  • Cultural and leisure services
  • Countryside services
  • Emergency planning
  • Community safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Relations with voluntary sector

Councillor Nicky Martin

  • Strategic Housing, Private Sector Housing and Homelessness
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Sustainability
  • Water management
  • Democratic services
  • Human resources
  • Equality and diversity
  • Regulatory services

Councillor John Thomas

  • Parks and open spaces
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Waste reduction
  • Refuse collection and recycling
  • Fleet management
  • Street cleansing
  • Public conveniences
  • Parking services
  • Cemeteries
  • Health and Safety
  • Building maintenance, estate and facilities management including Wyre Forest House

Councillor Mary Rayner

  • Finance and audit
  • Revenues and benefits
  • Customer services
  • Information and Communication Technology , digital services
  • Legal services
  • Capital portfolio fund, development loan fund
  • Wyre Forest Lottery
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