South West Councils is one of the nine regional employers’ organisations which represent the interests of local authorities and public sector bodies in England. As the regional employers organisation for the South West, we are listed with the Certification Office under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

Official List of Employers’ Associations and their annual returns

SW Councils is  independent and not-for-profit and supports collabration and the sharing of best pactice across the 33 local authorities in the south west.  Each full member may nominate one of their councillors to be their representative on South West Councils. There are also 10 additional memebr spaces appointed by the political groups to help reflect the political balance within the region. From this our Resource and Management Committee is elected at our AGM.

South West Councils’ Constitution 

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Cllr John Hart, Leader
Devon County Council


 Deputy Chair:

Cllr Val Keitch, Leader
South Somerset Council

Liberal Democrat

Vice Chairs:

Cllr Spencer Flower, Leader
Dorset Council


Cllr Helen Holland, Cabinet Member
Bristol City Council


Ken James, Leader,
Torridge District Council


South West Councils’ Members

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Find out about membership

To find out more about SW Councils’ membership, visit our membership page.

South West Jobs

South West Jobs is a onestop website where organisations across the South West can advertise vacancies.

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