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

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

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Who are the Executive?

Currently, the following Councillors make up the Executive:

Cllr Judy Pearce,  ConservativeCllr Keith Baldry, Liberal DemocratCllr Nicky Hopwood, Conservative

Cllr Judy Pearce

Leader of the Council

Responsibilities: Strategic Finance, Strategic Planning, Homes, Commercial Strategy, Budget Monitoring and Operational Finance.

Cllr Keith Baldry

Leader of the Opposition

Responsibilities: Waste and Recycling, Trade Waste, Environmental Protection, Car Parking and Grounds Maintenance.

Cllr Nicky Hopwood

Responsibilities: Customer Satisfaction and Improvements, Channel Shift, Communications and IT, Service Delivery including Case Management Processing.

Cllr Hilary Bastone, ConservativeCllr Jonathan Hawkins, ConservativeCllr David May, Conservative

Cllr Hilary Bastone

Deputy Leader of the Council

Responsibilities: Development Management, Homes, Commercial Strategy, Budget Monitoring and Operational Finance.

Cllr Jonathan Hawkins

Responsibilities: Health and Wellbeing, Leisure, Environmental Health and Licensing.

Cllr David May

Responsibilities: Enterprise, Existing Assets, Business Support, Dartmouth Lower Ferry, Audit Reports, Council Risks and Opportunity, Communities (including toilets, parks and play parks), Section 106.


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.

Click here to view minutes and agendas from the Executive.

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. To read more about the Forward Plan, please see here.