Committees

Council Committees

Most of the Council’s business is done in Committee meetings and there are five standing committees of the Council (the Policy & Management Committee; the Planning & Environment Committee; the Audit Committee; the Mayoralty Committee and the Staffing Committee). There is one other formal group details of which are recorded here – the Neighbourhood Plan Ad Hoc Advisory Committee, which reports to the Policy & Management Committee. Each standing committee of the Council may also appoint working groups which have a life of just a year and meet informally. The Council’s Committees each consist of between five and nineteen Town Councillors.

Please find more details about Town Councillors here.

Meetings of the Council and its Committees are conducted in accordance with Standing Orders which may be found here.

The Policy & Management Committee manages the Council’s funds and properties, prepares the annual budget and makes recommendations to the Council on general policy matters. The Committee is also responsible for managing media relations, committee arrangements and day-to-day functions. Its job is also to promote and develop good relations and effective partnerships with other authorities, with the public and with voluntary and charitable organisations in the town. The Staffing Committee reports to the Policy & Management Committee and is responsible for making recommendations to that Committee about staffing, appointments and any other staff-related matters. The Neighbourhood Plan Ad Hoc Advisory Committee also reports to the Policy & Management Committee and is responsible for the drafting of the Neighbourhood Development Plan for Godalming & Farncombe, on behalf of Godalming Town Council.  Agendas and minutes for all Committee meetings may be found here.

The Policy & Management Committee meets approximately every six weeks.

See the calendar with Policy & Management Committee dates

Membership of the Policy & Management Committee 2017/18

Councillor Stefan Reynolds Chairman
Councillor Anne Bott Vice-Chairman
Councillor Peter Martin
Councillor Tony Gordon-Smith
Councillor Liz Wheatley
Councillor Tom Martin
Councillor David Hunter
Councillor Steve Bott
Councillor Julie Noyce
Councillor Ross Welland
Councillor Nick Williams
Councillor Nick Pinches
Councillor Andrew Bolton
Councillor Anne Gray
Councillor Kirsty Walden
Councillor Ollie Purkiss
Councillor Richard Wainwright

The Audit Committee provides assurance of the adequacy of the risk management framework and the associated control environment, and oversees the financial reporting process. The Audit Committee was created a standing committee of the Council from May 2013, before that it was a Sub-Committee of the Policy & Management Committee. The Audit Committee meets three times a year. Agendas and minutes for all Committee meetings may be found here.

See the calendar with  Audit Committee dates.

Membership of the Audit Committee 2017/18

Councillor Andrew  Bolton Chairman
Councillor Nick Pinches Vice-Chairman
Councillor Julie Noyce
Councillor Nick Williams
Councillor Ollie Purkiss

The Mayoralty Committee usually meets once a year and it is responsible for considering and making recommendations to Full Council on the selection and appointment of the Town Mayor and Deputy Town Mayor. Agendas and minutes for all Committee meetings may be found here.

See the calendar with Mayoralty Committee Meetings

Membership of the Mayoralty Committee 2017/18

Councillor Steve Cosser Chairman
Councillor Julie Noyce Vice Chairman
Councillor Tony Gordon-Smith
Councillor Liz Wheatley
Councillor Anne Bott
Councillor David Hunter

The Staffing Committee is responsible for making recommendations about staffing, appointments and any other staff-related matters. Agendas and minutes for all Committee meetings may be found here.

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Membership of the Staffing Committee 2017/18

Councillor Kirsty Walden Chairman
Councillor Anne Bott Vice-Chairman
Councillor Joy Poulter
Councillor Nick Williams
Councillor Anne Gray
Councillor Stefan Reynolds  ex officio

The Neighbourhood Plan Ad Hoc Advisory Committee has been created to design, implement and oversee a Neighbourhood Development Plan for Godalming & Farncombe, on behalf of Godalming Town Council. To take the draft plan through to independent examination with the overall aim of a successful referendum and that the Plan will become planning policy. The Advisory Committee reports to the Policy & Management Committee. Note that non-councillors may be appointed members of an ad hoc advisory committee and that key volunteers working on the Neighbourhood Plan have been appointed to this group. Agendas and minutes for all Committee meetings may be found here.

See the calendar with Neighbourhood Plan Ad Hoc Advisory Committee meetings

Membership of the Neighbourhood Plan Ad Hoc Advisory Committee 2017/18

Councillor Anne Bott Chairman
Mr Angus Palmer Vice-Chairman
Councillor Andrew Bolton
Councillor David Hunter
Mr Keith Lightfoot
Mr Justin Murray
Councillor Joy Poulter
Councillor Ollie Purkiss
Mr Peter Stevenson
Mrs Pam Talbot
Councillor Nick Williams