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Become a councillor

All councils are led by democratically elected councillors who set the vision and direction of the council and represent their local community.

Councillors are elected to develop local policy, represent local people, make decisions and plan for the future. This includes:

  • representing the interests of their ward
  • dealing with constituents' enquiries and representations, fairly and without prejudice
  • listening to the needs of local people and key stakeholders to take their views into account when considering policy proposals
  • championing the causes which further the interests, quality of life and sustainable development of the community
  • developing a working knowledge of the organisations, services, activities and other factors important to a community's wellbeing and identity
  • contributing to good governance and actively encouraging community participation and citizen involvement in decision-making

Learn more about being a councillor

Contact a party in the Council

To find out more about what it is like to be a candidate for a particular party, contact one of the following councillors.


Who to contact


Councillor Tony Riordan

Ingleby Barwick Independent Society (IBIS)

Councillor Kevin Faulks


Councillor Nigel Cooke

Thornaby Independent Association

Councillor Sylvia Walmsley


Become a councillor events

We host a series of events in the year leading up to local elections.

They provide an opportunity for you find out more about being a councillor and standing as a candidate. You will:

  • hear about some of the Council's latest major successes and some of the challenges that we are facing
  • get the opportunity to meet current councillors

Contact us to find out more: