Councillor Chris Read

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Title: Leader of the Council

Party: Labour

Political grouping: Labour

Ward: Wickersley North

Other councillors representing this Ward:

Parish: Wickersley Parish Council

Surgery details

From April 2022 Surgeries will be held every month:-
Third Saturday at 10am - Wickersley Library
First Tuesday 2-3pm - Sunnyside Community Centre (Sunnyside Supplies)

Contact information

Home address: 
72 Rockingham Road
S64 8ED

Phone:  01709 762687



Bus. phone:  01709 822700


Committee appointments

Terms of Office

  • 04/05/2011 - 07/05/2015
  • 08/05/2015 - 05/05/2016
  • 06/05/2016 - 06/05/2021
  • 06/05/2021 -

Appointments to outside bodies

Additional Information

Leader – Councillor Chris Read


Councillor Read was elected on 5th May 2011 and he was elected Leader of the Council on 4th March 2015 in the wake of Louise Casey’s corporate governance inspection report. As Leader, he has taken personal responsibility for leading the drive towards corporate improvement, organisational and cultural change, and is responsible for the Council’s governance and ethical framework. 


Councillor Read is the Chair of the Rotherham Together Partnership.  He is the Vice-Chair of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, appointed chair of the SCR Transport and Environment Board and a member of the SCR LEP.  Councillor Read is also chair of South Yorkshire Leader’s Meeting which rotates on a 4-yearly cycle.


He was born and raised in Rotherham and is a councillor for Rotherham’s Wickersley North ward.


Previously he worked for a Member of the European Parliament and the leadership of another local authority.


Areas of responsibility include:

·       Overall Leadership of the Council

·       Overall responsibility for ensuring that the council sets and delivers a balanced budget

·       Oversight of the Council’s response to Child Sexual Exploitation

·       Leads on Standards and Governance

·       Member of the Rotherham Together Partnership Board

·       Member of Sheffield City Region Combined Authority

·       Customer Services

·       Community Cohesion


Working with you to help build communities that we can all take pride in has always been a priority for the Council.


We value the contributions that people make within their local area, through volunteering and getting involved in decision making, to really make a difference for everyone who lives there. By building on the work we've already done together we can continue to find new ways to meet the challenges facing Rotherham.


Further information regarding the Wickersley North ward can be found on the Council’s website.