Council departments

The council is divided into six departments each carrying out a different area of work.


Chief executives

The Chief Executive's Office is a small department at the heart of the council leading on the development, delivery and communication of the organisation's key strategic objectives. The department is managed by the Assistant Chief Executive and is responsible for policy, research and performance, Members and management support service, innovation and transformation and communications.

Corporate resources

Corporate resources provides a wide range of our central support services. These include legal, human resources (Personnel), IT, property, and financial.

Public health

We have a leading role in tackling health inequalities and promoting and protecting the health of local communities. We focus on improving the quality of life for all Derbyshire residents through lifestyle change and improved services.

Economy, transport and communities

Economy, transport and communities is responsible for:

  • developing a strong economy
  • maintaining a safe and sustainable environment
  • connecting people and places
  • providing a safe and reliable highway network
  • protecting people and keeping them safe
  • supporting people to engage in their communities.

It's functions are:

  • Economy and regeneration is responsible for promoting, coordinating and delivering economic development activity in partnership. It includes supporting businesses, employment and skills, twinning and tourism, economic appraisal, funding advice and major projects such as Digital Derbyshire. We host the Derbyshire Economic Partnership.

  • Trading standards aims to ensure a fair and safe marketplace where rogue traders are tackled and legitimate local businesses are helped to comply with the law and grow. We also seek to protect vulnerable local people from fraudulent traders. 

  • Transport and environment includes public transport, home to school transport, sustainable travel, B_Line and Gold Card. It manages our transport fleet, protects the built and natural environment through flood risk management, conservation, waste management, countryside service, and manages the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. 

  • Highways is responsible for looking after Derbyshire's roads, pavements and streetlights as well as helping to keep road users and pedestrians safe. 

  • Community safety and emergency planning works with the police and other partners to reduce crime, the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour and tackles youth offending and drug and alcohol misuse to support local communities. We work with the emergency services, local councils and other agencies to respond to a wide range of incidents such as floods, severe weather events, chemical leaks and gas explosions.

  • Libraries and heritage provides a network of 45 static public libraries and two mobile libraries, Derbyshire Record Office, Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, and supports the arts throughout the county.

  • The Derbyshire Sport Partnership is hosted by us.

Adult care

Our adult care department provides services for older people, disabled people, people with a learning disability and people with mental health problems.

Children's services

This service brings together social care and educational services for children, young people and their families.

We provide a range of services throughout Derbyshire, often working in partnership with other organisations.

We have eight nursery schools, 350 primary phase schools (of which 15 are academies), 45 secondary schools (of which 17 are academies), 10 special schools, three support centres, 54 children's centres, seven family centres and 13 children's homes.

As well as providing support for these, we also provide services for:

  • childcare development
  • fostering and adoption
  • children in care
  • agencies delivering early-years education
  • disabled children and children with special educational needs
  • education welfare
  • youth services
  • support to families
  • continuing education
  • educational psychology
  • sports development.

We're the lead organisation on the Derbyshire Children and Young People's Trust, which is responsible for coordinating all services for children and young people across the county.

And we manage the safeguarding and protection of children on behalf of Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board.

The department also manages the Adult Community Education Service. This service offers over 2,500 courses and activities across the county throughout the year. The courses are suitable for those seeking to improve their qualifications, make a career change or take up a new hobby. There are taster sessions, workshops and weekly courses designed to fit around what learners need. The service is highly rated by OFSTED.

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