About the Council
How the Council Works
We are a vibrant forward-thinking council that puts ‘People and Place’ at the heart of everything we do.
We are involved with a range of exciting and innovative projects with private and public sector partners to ensure the borough remains a great place to live and work. These include the creation of the UA92 University and Civic Quarter regenerations. On a sporting level, we held the Cricket World Cup at Lancashire CCC’s Emirates Old Trafford ground and we are also a host venue for the Rugby League World Cup.
The outstanding recent GCSE results in Trafford make our schools one of the best in the UK and are another reason why Trafford is one of the most sought-after areas of the country in which to live.
In addition, our One Trafford Partnership with Amey PLC provides a broad range of council services such as domestic and business waste collection, highway management and maintenance, parks and green space maintenance, facilities and estates management and a range of technical consultancy services.
Since 2010, we have continued to provide high quality services across the borough – despite central government budget cuts. We have successfully reduced expenditure by £186m over this period, while having one of the lowest council tax levels in the country. This has been no easy challenge for a low funded, low tax authority like Trafford and has only been achieved by a strong culture of innovation and robust financial management.
Following the elections in May 2019, Labour has majority control.
We have an elected Leader and Cabinet structure. The full council is made up of 63 locally elected councillors representing 21 wards who make decisions on how to improve local services on behalf of residents.
Political composition for 2019/2020:
We have a very talented and dedicated workforce across our seven new directorates. The day-to-day management of the council and its services is carried out by the Corporate Leadership Team.
- Sara Todd, Chief Executive
- Sarah Saleh, Corporate Director of People
- Richard Roe, Corporate Director of Place
- Jill McGregor, Corporate Director of Children’s Services
- Diane Eaton, Corporate Director of Adult Services
- Nikki Bishop, Corporate Director of Finance & Systems
- Jane Le Fevre, Corporate Director of Governance & Community Strategy
The Executive is responsible for all key decisions and the strategic management of services, and acts in line with the policy framework and budget of The Council.
It consists of the Leader of the Council and nine other Executive Councillors, each of whom holds an Executive Portfolio.
Most of the important decisions are made by the Executive collectively, although Executive Councillors can take some decisions individually within their area of responsibility.