About Dudley Council

Dudley Council serves more than 320,000 residents and manages a net budget of £235 million. It is a predominantly urban local authority located in the West Midlands conurbation and is made up of four main townships. The council employs more than 8000 members of staff, many of which live within the borough.

Forging a future for all is a shared vision for Dudley borough built around seven aspirations and developed with key partners and stakeholders.


In 2030 we would like the Dudley borough to be…

  • An affordable and attractive place to live with a green network of high quality parks, waterways and nature reserves that are valued by local people and visitors

  • A place where everybody has the education and skills they need, and where outstanding local schools, colleges and universities secure excellent results for their learners

  • A place of healthy, resilient, safe communities with high aspirations and the ability to shape their own future

  • Better connected with high quality and affordable transport, combining road, tram, rail, and new cycling and walking infrastructure

  • Renowned as home to a host of innovative and prosperous businesses, operating in high quality locations with space to grow, sustainable energy supplies and investing in their workforce

  • A place to visit and enjoy that drives opportunity, contributing to its ambitious future while celebrating its pioneering past

  • Full of vibrant towns and neighbourhoods offering a new mix of leisure, faith, cultural, residential and shopping uses

Future Council 2030

Following the adoption of a new borough vision in 2018 and council plan in 2019, we carried out an assessment of the organisation's capability and capacity required to successfully deliver against the three priorities, which are Workforce, Technology and Place.  Collectively these are known as Future Council 2030.

Council Plan 

Our council plan sets out our vision and priorities under four core priorities.

The plan is refreshed every three years, mapping out our journey to achieving the aspirations of Future Council 2030 and the borough vision. 

The plan gives our commitment that the council will constantly strive to improve the way we deliver services to meet the needs of local people and to ensure that we can measure and demonstrate our achievements.  We have a One Council ethos to achieving our four core priorities of:

  • Supporting stronger and safer communities

  • Creating a cleaner and greener place

  • Growing the economy and create jobs

  • Building a dynamic and sustainable organisation

Democratic structure

Dudley Council is currently in no overall political control with a Conservative administration running the council since the start of the 2019/20 municipal year. The council operates a cabinet and leader system of governance with a leader and nine cabinet members

The cabinet members who are responsible for the development of strategy, policy and decision-making are:

  • Councillor Patrick Harley - leader

  • Councillor David Vickers - deputy leader, partnerships and best practice

  • Councillor Nicolas Barlow - health and adult social care

  • Councillor Ruth Buttery - children and young people

  • Councillor Simon Phipps - procurement, transformation and commercialisation

  • Councillor Karen Shakespeare - environmental, highways and street services

  • Councillor Steve Clark - finance and legal services

  • Councillor Angus Lees - west midlands combined authority

  • Councillor Laura Taylor - housing, communities and residents welfare

  • Councillor Ian Kettle - regeneration and enterprise

Senior management structure

The Council's senior management structure reflects the commitment to building stronger, safer and more resilient communities in line with the Dudley vision and to protect our residents' physical and emotional health for the future.

West Midlands Combined Authority

In April 2015 the Leaders of the seven West Midlands Metropolitan Councils agreed to work together to establish a West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and secure a devolution deal from the Government. As a result a Devolution Deal was announced in November 2015 and West Midlands Combined Authority was formally established in June 2016 with Andy Street elected as Mayor.