Who represents the Bracknell Forest?

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At the time of writing there are 42 town councillors representing 18 wards.

What is the council?

The Council comprises of up employed officers and staff who are led by elected councillors; a proportion of those elected councillors form the Council Executive whom are in essence are the senior members of the council and are thus responsible for its decisions, direction and efficient operation.

Since 2011 the council have adopted a code of conduct which is founded upon the following principles:

  • Selflessness
  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Accountability
  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Leadership

General obligations include:

  • You MUST NOT do anything which compromises or is likely to compromise the impartiality of those who work for or on behalf of the Council;
  • You MUST NOT conduct yourself in a manner which could reasonably be regarded as bringing your office as a Councillor or Co-opted Member of the Council into disrepute;
  • You MUST NOT Use or attempt to use your position as a Member improperly to confer on or secure for yourself or any other person, an advantage or disadvantage.

Members must also disclose any Pecuniary or Personal Interests that may conflict with office including:

  • Any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.
  • Any financial benefit (other than from the relevant authority) in respect of any expenses incurred by you in carrying out duties as a Member, or towards your election expenses.
  • Any contract which is made between you or a relevant person (or a body in which you or a relevant person has a beneficial interest) and the Council.
  • Any beneficial interest in land which is within the Borough.
  • Any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the Borough for a month or longer.

Executive Leader

The council leader is elected by all members of the council and this election takes place annually, the current elected leader is Cllr Paul Bettison who has held this post since 1997.

Executive Members

The remaining executive members and chairman are chosen by the leader them-selves.

Senior Management Team

This team is responsible for managing the activities of the council staff and for advising councillors on the potential implications of political decisions.
By law, senior council staff are not allowed to participate in any party political activity and are expected to advise and assist all councillors irrespective of their political affiliation.

Council Diversity