Chichester District Council

Chichester District Council is the local authority for the Chichester District in West Sussex.

Chichester District Council
Founded1 April 1974
Leader of the Council
Cllr Eileen Lintill, Conservative Party
since 21st May 2019[1]
Chief Executive
Diane Shepherd
Seats36 councillors
Political groups
Administration (18)
     Conservative (18)
Opposition (18)
     Liberal Democrat (10)
     Green (3)
     Labour (2)
     Local Alliance (3)
     Independent (1)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
East Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex

Political composition

Chichester District Council consists of 36 councillors.

In 1999, a Leader and Cabinet form of governance was introduced.[2] Since then, the composition of the Council has been:[3]

Party in control Leader Years
Conservative Jane Chevis 1999–2002
Janet Duncton 2002–2004
No overall control (Conservative minority) 2004–2005
No overall control (Liberal Democrat minority) Andrew Smith[4] 2005–2006
Conservative Myles Cullen 2006–2011
Heather Caird[5] 20112015
Tony Dignum 20152019
No overall control (Conservative minority) Eileen Lintill 2019–present

Councillors and wards

List of Chichester district councillors by ward:[6]

Ward Councillor Elected Notes
Chichester West Clare Apel 1999 Vice-Chairman of the Council
Member of Chichester City Council
Southbourne Tracie Bangert 2019
The Witterings Graeme Barrett 2019 Previously represented East Wittering (2008–2015) and West Wittering (2015–2019)
Chichester South Heather Barrie 2019 Member of Chichester City Council
Chichester Central Martyn Bell 2019 Previously represented Chichester West (2011–2015)
Member of Chichester City Council
Chichester West Rev John-Henry Bowden 2019 Member of Chichester City Council
Westbourne Roy Briscoe 2019 Cabinet Member for Community Services and Culture
Southbourne Jonathan Brown 2016
Chichester North Tony Dignum 2011 Cabinet Member for Finance, Growth, Place and Regeneration
Member of Chichester City Council
Leader of the Council (2015–2019)
Selsey South John Elliott 2015
Loxwood Gareth Evans 2019
Midhurst Judy Fowler 2019
Fernhurst Norma Graces 2007 Cabinet Member for Democratic Services, Business Support, Promotion and Events
The Witterings Elizabeth Hamilton 2019 Chairman of the Council
Previously represented Easebourne (2007–2015) and West Wittering (2015–2019)
Easebourne Francis Hobbs 2015
Chichester East Kevin Hughes 2019 Member of Chichester City Council
Loxwood Natalie Hume 2019 Elected as a Liberal Democrat, defected in July 2019
Sidlesham with
Selsey North
Donna Johnson 2019 Local Alliance councillor
Selsey South Timothy Johnson 2019 Local Alliance councillor
Petworth Eileen Lintill 2007 Leader of the Council
Chichester East Sarah Lishman 2019 Member of Chichester City Council
Midhurst Gordon McAra 2011
Harbour Villages Adrian Moss 2019 Previously represented Fishbourne (2003–2011; 2018–2019)
Harting Dr Kate O'Kelly 2018 Member of West Sussex County Council
Previously represented Rogate (2018–2019)
North Mundham
and Tangmere
Simon Oakley 2019 Member of West Sussex County Council
Previously represented Tangmere (2011–2019)
North Mundham
and Tangmere
Christopher Page 2019 Previously represented North Mundham (2017–2019)
Lavant David Palmer 2019
Harbour Villages Penny Plant 2019 Cabinet Member for Environment and Chichester Contract Services
Previously represented Bosham (2015–2019)
Chichester North Richard Plowman 2019 Member of Chichester City Council
Previously represented Chichester West (2015–2019) and Chichester North (2003—2007)
Goodwood Henry Potter 2019 Previously represented Boxgrove (2007–2019)
Sidlesham with
Selsey North
Carol Purnell 2019 Previously represented Selsey North (2011–2019)
Harbour Villages David Rodgers 2019
Chichester South Sarah Sharp 2019 Member of Chichester City Council
Fittlworth Alan Sutton 2019
The Witterings Susan Taylor 2019 Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Planning
Previously represented East Wittering (2015–2019)
Fernhurst Peter Wilding 2019 Cabinet Member for Corporate Services
Previously represented Plaistow (2017–2019)

See also


  1. Joshua Powling (21 May 2019). "New Conservative leader at Chichester District Council". Chichester Observer.
  2. "Chichester District Council – Business Support" (PDF). Audit Commission. August 2002. p. 5.
  3. Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher (June 2015). "Chichester District Council Election Results 1973-2011" (PDF). The Elections Centre, Plymouth University.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  4. Lawrence Marzouk (18 April 2007). "Control of Chichester hangs in balance". The Argus.
  5. "Leader announces she will not stand at Chichester District Council election". Chichester Observer. 2 April 2015.
  6. "Your councillors". Chichester District Council. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
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