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Member Champions at Dorset County Council

Elected Members undertake the role of designated Member Champion for a specific service area or initiative by:-

  1. finding ways to sustain a high profile for the initiative, both in the public domain and internally within the County Council
  2. keeping informed about relevant key developments
  3. seeking ways to motivate staff to reach targets
  4. using their influence as a County Councillor for the allocation of appropriate priority status for the initiative, in the context of the Council's overall objectives
Dorset County Council - Member Champions
 Member Champion RolesNumber of championsMember
Carer's Champion

To raise the profile of carer services and further develop levels of support given to carers.

1 Jill Haynes 
Corporate Sustainability Programme

To raise awareness and assist in achieving key sustainability targets both internally and externally. 

1 Beryl Ezzard
Community Services (incorporating cultural services, community safety, health improvement, adult learning and the voluntary sector)

Further develop role by considering community capacity, early help and role of the voluntary sector.

1 Shane Bartlett

Diversity (including disability)

To support the equality and diversity agenda within the County Council, ensuring it is embedded within the culture of the organisation and that best practice and legislation are followed.

1 Pauline Batstone

Domestic Violence

Liaise with and respond to important work across directorates and other councils in Dorset to help raise the profile of domestic violence services.

1 Pauline Batstone
Fair Trade

To promote better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers to establish more sustainable communities

1 Beryl Ezzard

To promote Heritage in Dorset.

1 Nick Ireland
Learning Disabilities

Work with Learning Disability Partnership Board to address learning disability issues.

1 Kate Wheller
Mental Health Services

Raise the profile of mental health services both locally and nationally.

4 Jon Orrell, Mary Penfold, Derek Beer and Kate Wheller
Military/Civilian Integration

Respond to potential implications for social and the economic wellbeing of our military community and their families as a result of the work of the Military and Civilian Integration Working Group.

2 David Walsh and Andrew Cattaway

Participation: children, young people, families, parents and carers

Champion at Children's Trust, Health and Wellbeing Board and events. Member leadership in relation to involvement of children, young people, families in all aspects of service developments.


Susan Jefferies

Passenger Transport
To promote passenger transport and integrated transport across Dorset.


Derek Beer

Promotion of learning through life

Link across all Directorates to make and promote a 'One Council' approach in relation to learning.

1 Deborah Croney
Physical Activity

Engage with a range of stakeholders and directorates to promote physical activity around the County.


David Harris
Rebecca Knox

Daryl Turner

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