Political Structure

Councillors are elected by local people to represent their community. Either two or three local city councillors are elected from each of the 15 areas of the city, or 'wards'. They work together to decide the council's priorities and how it should carry out its work. They also work to make sure that council services are delivered to you in the most efficient and effective way possible.

There are 35 councillors in total. There is currently one vacancy. Each one is elected for a term of four years. Elections are run by the Electoral Services team based at the Guildhall. One-third of councillors are elected each year. Elections are held on a four-year cycle, with City Council elections held over three years and Worcestershire County Council elections taking place in the fourth year.

Decisions are made by committees. Membership of the committees reflects the political balance of the Council.

The councillors you choose to represent you, give up a lot of their time to serve the community, and most are paid a basic allowance of £4,791 a year.

The political makeup of Worcester City Council


Number of seats

Labour Party


Green Party


Conservative Party


Liberal Democrat


Current Worcester City Councillors

Find details on the current Councillors and wards which they serve.

If you are not sure which ward you live in please check out our 'My Local Area'.

Leadership of the Council

Councillor Lynn Denham - Joint Leader of the Council

 Councillor Lynn Denham

Councillor Marjory Bisset - Joint Leader of the Council

Councillor Marjory Bisset Portrait photo

The new Committees

Policy and Resources Committee

What it does: top-level policy-making; preparation of a draft budget for recommendation to full Council; monitoring of the Council’s performance; oversight of contracts including revenues and benefits; oversight of the City Plan and the internal Transformation Programme

Chair: Councillor James Stanley (Conservative)
Vice-Chair: Councillor Marjory Bisset (Green)
Vice-chair: Councillor Lynn Denham  (Labour)

Communities Committee

What it does: Housing and homelessness; sport and leisure; museums, heritage and culture; community safety; health and well-being; CCTV.

Chair: Councillor Jabbar Riaz (Labour)
Vice-chair: Neil Laurenson (Green)

Environment Committee

What it does: Parks and open spaces; play areas; cemeteries and the crematorium; allotments; domestic refuse collection; trade waste; garden waste; street cleansing; car parking; oversight of Worcestershire Regulatory Services.

Chair: Councillor Karen Lewing (Green)
Vice-chair: Councillor Zoe Cookson (Labour)

Health and Wellbeing

What it does: Mental and physical health and wellbeing outcomes; disability access; health inequalities; Worcestershire Integrated Care System; health partnership working; child poverty; outreach services; financial hardship and support relating to the welfare of residents.

Chair: Councillor Lynn Denham (Labour)
Vice-chair: Councillor Stephen Hodgson  (Conservative)

Place and Economic Development Committee

What it does: Improvements to Worcester; economic development; planning policy; tourism.

Chair: Councillor Robyn Norfolk  (Labour)
Vice-chair: Councillor Owen Cleary (Conservative)

Income Management Sub-Committee

What it does: Property and assets; income generation ideas; reviewing fees and charges for Council services.

Chair: Councillor James Stanley (Conservative)
Councillor Jabbar Riaz   (Labour)

Personnel and General Purposes Sub-Committee

Chair: Councillor Steve Cockeram  (Green)
Councillor James Stanley  (Conservative)

Planning Committee

Chair: Councillor Karen Lewing (Green)
Vice-chair: Councillor Patricia Agar (Labour)

Licensing and Environmental Health Committee

Chair: Councillor Richard Udall (Labour)
Vice-chair: Councillor Mel Allcott (Liberal Democrat)

Audit and Governance Committee

Chair: Councillor Alan Amos (Conservative)
Vice-chair: Councillor Tom Piotrowski (Green)

Standards Committee

Chair: Councillor Karen Lawrance (Liberal Democrat)
Vice-chair: Councillor Jill Desayrah (Labour)

The Mayor of Worcester

  • The Mayor for 2023/2024 is Cllr Louis Stephen
  • The Deputy Mayor for 2023/2024 is Cllr Mel Allcott

The Mayor is the Civic Head of the Council. In May of each year, one of the Councillors is elected to serve as Mayor for one year and another is elected as a Deputy. He/she chairs meetings of the Full Council and represents the city at ceremonial occasions. The Mayor also welcomes international visitors and attends events organised by local people.

Your vote: make it count

If you want to play your part in the future of Worcester, then use your vote. By taking the time to vote in local elections, you can make sure that your voice is heard. The elected councillor will be the voice of your local community for the coming four years - so make sure you have your say.

To be eligible to vote in any elections you must be over 18 and your name must be on the Electoral Register which is updated annually. To enter your name you must complete the registration form which is sent to your home each year.

For more details please visit our Elections page.