Wednesday 01 April 2020

About Us

East Midlands Councils represents the interests of local councils to Government and national organisations.  We enable local councils to work together on key issues of common concern and support local councils with advice and services on employment, training and development, housing, health, transport and planning.

In these challenging times Councils need to work together, East Midlands Councils provides the opportunity for this collaboration to take place. It is the consultative forum for local authorities in the East Midlands, providing a strong voice for the region. It gives support to councils to help them develop their workforce and leadership and improve their services

We are a not for profit organisation that exists to help organisations deliver better outcomes with and for local people.  45 of the regions local authorities are members of East Midlands Councils, for details of who these are visit here 

The organisation is funded by a mixture of member subscriptions and income earned through not for profit consultancy services. Our governance is provided by an Executive Board of councillors from across the East Midlands.

Role and purpose

East Midlands Councils

  • is a consultative forum for local government in the East Midlands
  • represents the interest of local councils to national government and other organisations
  • enables local councils to work together on key issues of common concern
  • supports the improvement and development of local councils and their workforce
  • brings together political group leaders
  • makes appointments to national and regional bodies
  • provides a reporting and governance mechanism for regional local government partnerships e.g. East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership
  • establishes and maintains an effective relationship with the national Local Government Association (LGA)

This forms the East Midlands Councils' Terms of Reference.

Who are our members?

For details of the local authority members of East Midlands Councils visit

What are the benefits of membership of EMC?

EMC provides a range of benefits to its member authorirties, which include;

  • Leadership on behalf of councils in the East Midlands, working closely with national government, business, health and the third sector.
  • An employers’ organisation for local authorities in the East Midlands.
  • A forum to influence Government strategies and investment plans, for example proposals for High Speed Rail.
  • Governance of the East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership.
  • A range of high quality services to Councils free or at not-for-profit rates.

For further details of the benefits of membership visit

Corporate Documents

To view our current business plan visit here 

If you want to find out more about what we do and how we do it then read our Annual Report or Business plan available here.

The Corporate Documents pages provides links to our

  • Business Plan
  • Annual Report
  • Accounts
  • Constitution

How does East Midlands Councils work?

  • We are a small but dedicated, skilled and experienced team.
  • We focus on programmes and services that save councils money and build skills and capacity.
  • Our services are driven by Councils’ requests and requirements.
  • We work with other associations and national bodies to identify and share best practice.
  • We have a proven track record in effective learning and development interventions delivering projects and funded activity.

Our customers and clients return to us again and again!

Chair and Vice Chair of East Midlands Councils

East Midlands Councils is chaired by Cllr Martin Hill OBE - Leader, Lincolnshire County Council

The Vice Chairs are Cllr Jon Collins - Leader, Nottingham City Council and

District Vice Chair - Cllr Chris Millar - Leader, Daventry District Council.

The Conservative Party is currently the largest political group in the region. 

Political structure - our boards

EMC has a range of Boards, for further information about these boards please see details below.  For information about the Councillor representatives on East Midlands Councils visit

Management Group

Executive Board

Regional Employers Board and the Regional Joint Council

Regional Migration Partnership Board