About The Organisation and the City

Our organisation is the driving force which makes Stoke-on-Trent a fantastic place to live, work and visit. This includes providing services which residents value and rely on to the 255,000 people who call Stoke-on-Trent home.

The council is run by a Conservative and City Independents coalition. Conservative group leader Councillor Abi Brown is leader of the council, Councillor Ann James, who heads the City Independents, is the deputy leader.

The full cabinet line-up is:

  • Councillor Abi Brown, council leader and cabinet member for corporate resource, strategy and partnerships.
  • Councillor Ann James, deputy council leader and cabinet member for health and social care.
  • Councillor Randy Conteh, cabinet member for communities and safer city.
  • Councillor Carl Edwards, cabinet member for the environment.
  • Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, infrastructure and heritage.
  • Councillor Joanne Powell-Beckett, cabinet member for housing.
  • Councillor Dave Evans, cabinet member for children and young people.
  • Councillor Lorraine Beardmore, cabinet member for sport, culture and leisure.
  • Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for education and economy.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s strategic plan – Stronger Together – focuses on involving the community and working with partners to address our priorities. It is part of an ongoing commitment to work with local people to achieve the changes that they would like to see happen in their communities. We believe we must work together to enable the city to grow and prosper - together we can make a difference.

Our Stronger Together Priorities are:

  • Support our residents to fulfil their potential
  • Support our businesses to thrive, delivering investment in our towns and communities
  • Work with residents to make our towns and communities great places to live
  • A commercial council, fit for purpose, driving efficiency in everything we do
  • Support vulnerable people in our communities to live their lives well

And these priorities are producing results.

For example, Stoke-on-Trent was recently named as the sixth best city in the UK to start a business following research conducted by card payment solutions provider Paymentsense, beating rivalling cosmopolitan cities including London, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. Latest data from Bank Search shows the city had strong performance in 2018, compared to the national average.  The first

three months of 2019 saw 14% more business start-ups in the city compared to the corresponding period last year.  This growth rate ranks Stoke-on-Trent at 51st out of the 326 English districts. 

Stoke-on-Trent now ranks in the top four UK cities for house price increases – with the value of the average city home rising by 5.4 per cent year-on-year.

Other key results include:

  • Attracting £3.5m private investment to bringing 201 empty houses back into use in 2018/19. This is a 12% increase in the value of investment on last year.
  • Developing 19.56 hectares for employment use in 2017/18, the equivalent of 18 football pitches.
  • GVA per Capita in the city saw more positive growth of 2.9% in 2017, against a UK figure of 2.5%.
  • Employment growth in Stoke-on-Trent is the fourth fastest in the country – ahead of other cities including London, Manchester and Birmingham. For the final quarter of 2018, Stoke-on-Trent’s employment levels were at 114,500 and year-on-year expansion at 1.6%.
  • The percentage of schools in May 2019 rated good or better was 79.6%. 82.6% of local authority maintained schools are rated good or outstanding compared to 78.6% of academy schools.
  • The number of people visiting the city for leisure is growing. For example, there were 120,000 visitors to iconic ceramic installation Poppies: Weeping Window exhibition at Middleport Pottery, and an additional 90,000 visitors to our leisure facilities (+6%) last year.
  • The city was ranked as the 11th best cultural destination in the UK (Times) and the 18th best city to raise a family by Money Supermarket.
  • Smoking during pregnancy is the lowest it has ever been, at 18.2 per cent.
  • 7 per cent of adults smoke locally – the lowest it has been in the city.

Stoke-on-Trent is a city built on a history of industrial greatness and creative flair. And we’re now a city that’s enjoying a bright future – using the area’s artistic knowhow, ambition, business skills and many other incredible talents to take us on that journey.

We’re seeing a newfound confidence across Stoke-on-Trent – you can feel it wherever you go. And as a city full of proud, skilled people, we know the next chapter in Stoke-on-Trent’s remarkable story is going to be an exciting one.

Stoke-on-Trent is going places. Are you coming with us?