Council and Democracy

Richmondshire District Council exists to serve the needs of our local residents and those working in or visiting our area.

Our vision is for Richmondshire to be a place where people will want to live, work and visit; where people enjoy a high quality of life and environment, feel safe, healthy and prosperous and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The Council offices are located in Richmond, with Mercury House being the headquarters and housing the Council Chamber.

Our services are delivered through our Community Offices in Colburn, Leyburn, Reeth and Hawes Click here for further information on our Community Offices

There are 34 ward members who are District Councillors for Richmondshire, many serving on a variety of Committees, and representing the views of residents. Click here to find out more information about the councillors.

You can also find financial information about the Council.

The council have also published a list of members allowances in 2016-17. Click pdfhere to view this list


Councillors Code of Conduct - Localism Act 2011

The Localism Act 2011 places a duty on local authorities to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by their Elected and co-opted Members.

The Standards Board for England was abolished on 31st March 2012 together with its regulatory role in handling cases. As from 1st July 2012 the new standards arrangements, which includes a Code of Conduct, the involvement of in an Independent Person in allegations of misconduct, and a new criminal offence of failing to declare or register interests came into force.

The powers of the local authority in relation to allegations are for local determination, following advice from the authority’s Monitoring Officer or legal team. These powers might include censure or the removal of a member from a committee, but the authority cannot disqualify or suspend members as this power was revoked (from 7 June 2012) by the Localism Act 2011 (Commencement No. 6 and Transitional, Savings and Transitory Provisions) Order 2012.

Independent Person

The Council agreed at the meeting held on 24 July 2012 to appoint one Independent Person and one substitute.

The Council may seek the views of the Independent Person in dealing with complaints that the Code of Conduct may have been breached. In addition any Councillor, who has been complained about may seek the views of the Independent Person's.

Code of Conduct

The Council at its meeting on 24 July 2012 adopted a new code of conduct: pdfMembers Code of Conduct

The Code defines the standards of conduct required of members in carrying out their duties and in their relationships with the council and it's officers.


Anyone can make a complaint about a potential breach of the Code of Conduct by an Elected or Co-opted Member. Please see below for contact details.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the following:

Callum McKeon (Monitoring Officer) - Tel: 01748 901003; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michael Dowson (Deputy Monitoring Officer) - Tel: 01748 901011; Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Standards Hearing Panel - Notice of Decisions

Below you can find decisions of the Standards Hearing Panel in relation to breaches of the Code of Conduct by Parish/Town or District Councillors:

pdfCouncillor Malcolm Gardner - 30 July 2014


Senior Management

The Council’s Senior Management Team is made up of the Chief Executive supported by three Corporate Directors.


Chief Executive - Head of Paid Service
Tony Clark

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Tel: 01748 901001

Responsible for:

  • Overall leadership of the Council’s Management Team and workforce
  • Providing high level strategic support for the political leadership of the Council
  • All strategic and high level operations
  • Strategic role with partnerships



Corporate Director (Strategy & Governance) and Monitoring Officer

Callum McKeon

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Tel: 01748 901003

Responsible for:

  • Democratic Services and Elections
  • Community Development
  • Development Management (including Land Charges)
  • Environmental Health and Licensing
  • Facilities Management
  • Client Service Level Agreements for: Legal Services, Building Control and Communications

Corporate Director (Operational Services)

Colin Dales

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Tel: 01748 901002

Responsible for:

  • Housing - Landlord Services and Support & Improvement
  • Housing Options
  • Business and Community
  • Open Spaces and Amenities
  • Waste & Street Scene
  • Client Service Level Agreements for: Street Lighting

Corporate Director (Resources) and S.151 Officer

Sian Moore

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Tel: 01748 901004

Responsible for:

  • Finance, Improvement and Procurement
  • HR and Payroll
  • Customer Services
  • Business Support
  • Strategic Asset Management
  • Revenues and Benefits
  • ICT
  • Client Service Level Agreements for: Internal Audit

pdfSenior Managment Structure diagram

pdfRichmondshire District Council Pay Policy

Richmondshire District Council's Constitution

What is in the Constitution?
There are 6 parts associated with the Constitution.  To view these parts please click on the links below:
Part 1           pdfSummary and Explanation
Part 2 pdfArticles of the Constitution
Article 1 - The Constitution
Article 2 - Members of the Council
Article 3 - Citizens of the Council
Article 4 - The Full Council
Article 5 - Chairing the Council
Article 6 - Overview and Scrutiny Committees
Article 7 - Strategy Board and Other Committees
Article 8 - The Standards Committee
Article 9 - Area Partnerships & Area Committees
Article 10 - Joint Arrangements
Article 11 - Officers
Article 12 - Decision Making
Article 13 - Finance, Contract and Legal Matters
Article 14 - Review and Revision of the Constitution
Article 15 - Suspension, Interpretation and Publication of the Constitution
Article 16 - Corporate Board Spokespersons
Article 17 - Appointments to Outside Bodies
Schedule 1 - Description of Alternative Arrangements
Schedule 2 - Roles and Responsibilities of Members
Schedule 3 - List of Strategy Board Spokesperson Themes
Schedule 4 - Outside Bodies Details
Part 3 pdfResponsibility for Functions
Scheme of Delegation to Officers
Scheme of Delegation to Officers - Exemption Protocol
Part 4 pdfRules of Procedure
Part A - Council and Committee Procedure Rules
Part B - Specific Committee Procedure Rules
Part C - Access to Information Procedure Rules
Part D - Budget and Policy Framework
Part E - Scrutiny Procedure Rules
Part F - Financial Procedure Rules
Part G - Contract Procedure Rules
Part H - Officer Employment Procedure Rules
Part I - Substitution Procedure Rules
Part J - key Decisions and Forward Plan Rules
Part 5 pdfCodes and Protocols
Members Code of Conduct
Member/Officer Relations Protocol
Officer Code of Conduct
Petition Scheme
Planning Committee Site Visit Protocol
Part 6 pdfMembers Scheme of Allowances

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Contact Us

Richmondshire District Council
Mercury House
Station Road
North Yorkshire
DL10 4JX

Phone: 01748 829100
Fax: 01748 826186
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