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The Political Structure and leadership

Allerdale Borough Council adopted a format that included a Leader and an Executive committee. The Council also had a number of committees including Full Council, the Development Panel, Licensing Committee, and the Scrutiny Committee.

Full details of the role of these decision making bodies  can be found in its Constitution .


Last Council Leader: Cllr Mike Johnson

Cllr Mike Johnson, who represented Allhallows and Waverton ward, was elected as leader in March 2021. He had previously been deputy leader since December 2019.

Mike had been a councillor on Allerdale Borough Council since May 2019. He was also a councillor on Cumbria County Council.

Mike held the portfolio for Economic Growth, Community Development and Placemaking.


Former Council Deputy Leader: Cllr Marion Fitzgerald

Cllr Marion Fitzgerald, represented the Dalton ward, and was appointed as deputy leader in March 2021. Marion was also the Executive member for  Policy, Governance and People Resources.

Cllr Mike Johnson

The former Executive

The rest of the Executive was made up of the following members:

  • Cllr Jim Lister was the Executive member with responsibility for Environmental Services
  • Cllr Tony Markley was the Executive member with responsibility for Leisure and Tourism
  • Cllr Colin Sharpe was the Executive member with responsibility for Finance and Legal
  • Cllr Alan Pitcher was the Executive member with responsibility for Customer Experience and Innovation
Full list of resposibilities
PortfolioPortfolio HolderService areas
Environmental ServicesCllr Jim ListerLeisure management; sports development; parking; bereavement services; parks and open spaces; refuse collection; trade waste; clean streets; grounds maintenance; recycling; pest control.
Leisure and TourismCllr Tony MarkleyDestination and tourism; arts and culture; museums; national park; National Park Partnership; AONB.
Policy, Governance and People ResourcesCllr Marion FitzgeraldNuclear; climate change; corporate policy; planning policy; housing strategy; people resources; strategic comms; governance; democratic services; electoral services; risk management; housing options.
Economic Growth, Community Development and PlacemakingCllr Mike JohnsonEconomic development; town centre regeneration; events and markets; land asset management and public buildings; development management; housing enforcement and grants; housing development - inc the Housing Company; procurement; Shareholder Committee (AWS and Housing Company).
Finance and LegalCllr Colin SharpeFinancial services; legal services; licensing; assurance, risk and audit; food and occupational health; environmental protection; corporate health and safety.
Customer Experience and InnovationCllr Alan PitcherCustomer operations; ICT; emergency planning; service innovation; programme office; commissioning/alternative service delivery; community safety and anti-social behaviour; health improvement.
Council Strategy design

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