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The Political Structure and leadership

The Council has adopted a format that includes a Leader and an Executive committee. The Council also has 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 our Constitution.


Council Leader

Cllr Marion Fitzgerald resigned as Leader of the council with immediate effect on 21 February 2020. Cllr Mike Johnson, as deputy leader, assumed the responsibilities of the Leader until a new Leader is elected by Full Council.

Council Deputy Leader: Cllr Mike Johnson

Cllr Mike Johnson, who represents Allhallows and Waverton ward, has been deputy leader since December 2019.

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

He is a member of the Allerdale Conservatives group.

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

Cllr Mike Johnson

The current Executive

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

  • Cllr Jim Lister is the Executive member with responsibility for Finance and Legal
  • Cllr Tony Markley is the Executive member with responsibility for Environmental Services
  • Cllr John Cook is the Executive member with responsibility for Leisure and Tourism
  • Cllr Alan Pitcher is the Executive member with responsibility for Customer Experience and Innovation
  • Cllr Marion Fitzgerald is the Executive member with responsibility for Policy, Governance and People Resources

If you wish to contact any councillors, you can find their details on the website.

To see more detail about the Executive members' responsibilities click on the file below.

Allerdale BC portfolio responsibilities