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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 eight 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 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 Julian Brazil
Liberal Democrat

Cllr Julian Brazil

Leader of the Council


  • Strategic Planning (including review of JLP)
  • Finance
  • Waste and Recycling
  • Communications

About Cllr Brazil

Cllr Dan Thomas,
Liberal Democrat

Cllr Dan Thomas

Deputy Leader of the Council


  • Planning
  • Corporate Performance Oversight
  • Organisation Development
  • Community Development

About Cllr Thomas

Cllr John McKay,
Liberal Democrat

Cllr John McKay


  • Climate Change
  • Biodiversity

About Cllr McKay

Cllr John BIrch,
Liberal Democrat

Cllr John Birch


  • Economic Development
  • Commercial Strategy
  • Governance

About Cllr Birch

Cllr Denise O'Callaghan,
Liberal Democrat

Cllr Denise O'Callghan


  • Housing
  • Environmental Health
  • Licensing

About Cllr O'Callaghan

Cllr Victor Abbott,
Liberal Democrat

Cllr Victor Abbott


  • Community Services & Operations
  • Car parks, toilets, parks and open spaces
  • Leisure Centres

About Cllr Abbott

Cllr Jacqi Hodgson,
Green Party

Cllr Jacqi Hodgson


  • Waste and Community Composting

About Cllr Hodgson

Cllr Nicky Hopwood,

Cllr Nicky Hopwood


  • Service Quality
  • Customer Services and IT

About Cllr Hopwood

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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