Isle of Wight Council


About the Councillors


Learn more about our councillors by accessing our councillor and decision making portal.

In 1995 the Isle of Wight Council became a unitary or all-purpose authority. It replaced the former Isle of Wight County Council and the two borough councils of Medina and South Wight.  The Isle of Wight Council is responsible for most of the local government activities on the Island.   

As well as the Isle of Wight Council there are 33 town and parish councils.  The town and parish councils look after a variety of local issues such as:

  • Recreation grounds;
  • some amenity grass cutting;
  • and many operate other facilities in their areas.


The Isle of Wight Council has 39 elected councillors. Access the details of the elected councillors on our dedicated councillor web pages

The full Council usually meets in the months of May, July, September, November, January and February. They meet in the Council Chamber at County Hall, Newport.

There are lots of other panels, boards, partnerships and groups which councillors attend. In addition councillors serve on many outside bodies. This includes the Hampshire Police Authority based in Winchester. Which handles the policing of both Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

At the annual meeting of the Council, appointments are made to various offices, this meeting is usually held in May.


Annual Meeting Appointments

At the Council meeting on 18 May 2022 Councillor Claire Critchison was elected as Chair of the Isle of Wight Council. Councillor Michael Lilley was elected Vice Chairman.