The leader is appointed by the Annual Council Meeting held each May. The leader is the most senior member of the council and oversees that it runs effectively. Together with the Chairs of policy and regulatory committees, the leader makes sure decisions are made quickly and effectively.
The leader of the council is currently Councillor Jason Kitcat. Jason was elected leader at the Annual Council Meeting on 17 May 2012.
Jason was first elected to be a Councillor representing the Regency Ward in a December 2007 by-election. He led the local party to success in his own by-election, the 2009 European Elections, two other council by-elections and was on the management team for the historic 2011 council election campaign. Jason was a Green candidate for European Parliament in 2009 and was a member of the campaign management team for Caroline Lucas’ successful bid to become the UK’s first Green MP for Brighton Pavilion.
The role of leader of the council
The leader works closely with the officers of the council, especially the chief executive, to make sure that the decisions of the council are acted upon and that the council abides by the law and the constitution of Brighton & Hove City Council.
The leader of the council is responsible for:
- making decisions
- setting policy direction and council priorities
- working with the chairs of other committees
- chairing the Policy and Resources committee
- working with other organisations to benefit Brighton & Hove
- working with the mayor as an ambassador for the city and the council