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Executive (Exec)

The Executive is a group of Councillors at South Hams District Council, elected annually at Full Council.

View minutes and agendas from the Executive here

Meetings of the Executive consist of six District Councillors who each have specific areas of responsibility, known as 'portfolios'.

The Leader of the Council is the Chairman of Executive and the Deputy Leader is the Vice-Chairman. These positions are elected for the four-year term of the Council and are re-appointed after local Council elections. The other four members of the Executive are appointed annually by Full Council.

Executive meetings are live streamed on the internet. You can watch the proceedings live on our Engagement Portal.

Who are the Executive?

Currently the following Councillors make up the Executive:

Cllr Judy Pearce,

Cllr Judy Pearce

Leader of the Council


  • Strategic Planning
  • Strategic and Operational Finance
  • Homes
  • Commercial Strategy
  • Budget Monitoring

Contact Cllr Pearce

Cllr Hilary Bastone,

Cllr Hilary Bastone

Deputy Leader of the Council


  • Development Management
  • Homes
  • Commercial Strategy
  • Budget Monitoring
  • Operational Finance

Contact Cllr Bastone

Cllr Keith Baldry,
Liberal Democrat

Cllr Keith Baldry


  • Waste and Recycling
  • Trade Waste
  • Environmental Protection
  • Car Parking
  • Grounds Maintenance

Contact Cllr Baldry

Cllr Jonathan Hawkins,

Cllr Jonathan Hawkins


  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Leisure
  • Environmental Health
  • Licensing

Contact Cllr Hawkins

Cllr Nicky Hopwood,

Cllr Nicky Hopwood


  • Customer Satisfaction and Improvement
  • Channel Shift
  • Communications and IT
  • Service Delivery

Contact Cllr Hopwood

Cllr Tom Holway,

Cllr Tom Holway


  • Climate Change
  • Biodiversity

Contact Cllr Holway

The Full list of functions and procedure rules can be found in part 3b of the Constitution Delegation Scheme (see Our Constitution). The main function of the Executive is to provide Leadership to the overall activities of the Council. It manages all of the Council's land and property, reviews fees and charges for Council services and has responsibility for the approval of delivery plans.

View minutes and agendas from the Executive here

Executive meetings are open to the public. If you would like to ask a question or speak at the meeting, please see this page for details about the procedure.

Executive Forward Plan

The Forward Plan provides indicative dates for matters to be considered by the Executive.

You can read more about the Forward Plan here.

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