HR & Employment Services

South West Councils' team of professionally qualified and experienced specialists offer high quality independent Employment Advice and Support to help you manage challenging people related issues and build your workforce wellbeing and resilience.

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South West Councils

Leaflet imageBringing people together local authority Leaders, Children's and Adult Portfolio holders, Chief Executives, Heads of HR, the South West Strategic Migration partnership, to support the sharing of best practice and information and working for the benefit of the South West.

Members and Meetings

South West Councils

South West Councils draws together local authority Leaders from the county, unitary and district councils in the South West, police, fire & rescue services and parish and town councils .

South West Councils was established in its current form in April 2011.  The current Chairman is Cllr John Hart, Conservative Leader of Devon County Council.

John Hart

To view the full membership of South West Councils click here

The core function of South West Councils,  supported by a small team of officers, is to

  • Support member authorities as Employers, encouraging improved performance and capacity across the region through the provision of high quality HR advice and support, and sharing of accessible information and knowledge on a range of relevant issues.
  • Assist member authorities and associate members to enhance capacity and service delivery through developmental activites for improved performance and efficiency. 
  • Support authorities in having a voice, built on consensus, of issues on national policy and funding working with national Local Government Group, when this is deemed appropriate by Members.

The full membership meets at least twice a year.  There is also a Resource and Management Committee, which oversees day-to-day business and an Employers' Panel  which acts as the Employers' side in joint work with Unions on Provincial Council.  

Details of future meetings can be found here for past Meeting Bulletins click here.

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