The Leader, Cabinet and elected Councillors

The council has 47 councillors, representing 30 wards, and serving approximately 94,000 people. The last election was held in May 2017, and the next one is expected to take place in 2022.

Full council meetings are held every month, and are attended by all 47 councillors. They discuss issues such as the council’s performance in delivering services, the setting of council tax, partnerships with other public services and the impact of government policy on residents of Denbighshire.


The leader of the council is Councillor Hugh Evans. The leader is elected by full council, and has the post until the next election. The leader appoints the cabinet, and guides the political direction of the council.

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The deputy leader is Councillor Julian Thompson-Hill. His role is to support the leader in carrying out his duties, and to represent him in his absence. 


The chairman of the council is Councillor Alan James. The chairman is elected by full council at an annual meeting in May, and has the post for one year. The chairman is politically impartial. He chairs meetings of the full council, and carries out a range of community and ceremonial duties.

The Vice Chairman is Councillor Christine Marston.

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Cabinet is made up of 8 councillors, including the council leader and their deputy. Each of the 8 members has responsibility for a specific policy area, known as a portfolio.

Cabinet meet every six weeks to determine policy and make decisions on how services are provided in Denbighshire.