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Organisation Structure

2015 Onwards

Appointments Committee

Makes recommendations to the full Council on the appointment of the Chief Executive. Deals with the appointment and terms and conditions of Strategic Directors

Audit and Standards Committee

Deals with the overview of external and internal audit reports and recommendations. Also matters relating to financial management, internal control and the promotion and maintenance of high standards of conduct.


Comprises the Leader and Cabinet Members each with a defined portfolio. Collectively, the Cabinet makes decisions affecting local services and recommendations to the full Council on the budget and overall policy direction.

Children's Corporate Parenting Board

All elected Councillors are responsible for the care of children in care i.e. “corporate parenting”. The Board meets twice each year to secure cross departmental involvement and commitment throughout the Council to deliver better outcomes for children in care. The Board is responsible for the implementation of the Corporate Parenting Strategy and subsequent Delivery Plan, that will ensure the most effective means of achieving sustained service improvements.


The full Council approves the policy framework and the budget. It retains responsibility for certain functions, however, most of the Council's powers and duties are delegated to the Cabinet or Committees. The full Council also has a role in holding the Cabinet to account. You can view recordings of full Council meetings on our You Tube Channel

Dudley Borough Local Access Forum

This is a statutory body, set up under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, responsible for advising the Council on the improvement of public access to land in the Dudley Borough for the purpose of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the area. Membership of the Forum is made up of land users, land owners and other parties with an interest in open-air recreation in Dudley. This is a very wide function and members of the public are invited to raise issues with the Forum if they wish.

Dudley Health and Wellbeing Board

This Board has been formed to recognise that the Council has a key role to encourage coherent commissioning strategies across the NHS, social care, public health and other partners. The Board deals with the responsibilities of the Local Authority and the GP Consortia for the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment. It is also involved in developing a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Dudley Schools Forum

The Forum is a partnership body linking the Local Authority and the school community in making decisions about school funding, roles and responsibilities. It is a statutory consultative body established by the Education Act 2002, and comprises stakeholders of the school community, including head teachers and governors or their nominated representatives

Ernest Stevens Trusts Management Committee

This Committee undertakes the Council's responsibilities as the Trustee concerning the administration of the Stevens Park Trust (Quarry Bank); Mary Stevens Park Trust (Norton); Stevens Park and Recreation Ground Foundation Trust, Wollescote and Mary Stevens Maternity Home and Public Park Charity. The Committee comprises one member from each of the six wards as appointed by the Council.

Licensing and Safety Committee

Undertakes responsibility for a range of licensing matters arising from the Council's powers and duties under various legal provisions and regulations. Some of the Committees powers are delegated to Sub-Committees.

Planning Committee

Deals with matters relating to town and country planning and development control. This includes planning applications and Tree Preservation Orders

Taxis Committee

Discharges the Council's functions relating to hackney carriage and private hire licensing

Your Home Your Forum

The Forums are a way in which local people can play a part in important issues affecting their area. Forums are held in local venues and are open to all residents