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About Waverley Borough Council

Waverley is a large rural borough in South West Surrey with a population of approximately 123,000.  It has plenty of character, lush green spaces and a diverse business community. It is often rated as one of the best places to live in the UK. 

We have an annual turnover of £62 million and employ over 400 staff. We work to make Waverley an attractive and prosperous place to live, work and visit.

What we do

We provide more than 110 services, including:

  • housing
  • planning
  • refuse collection
  • recycling
  • public health services
  • council tax collection
  • leisure facilities
  • playgrounds and parks
  • support for the elderly and vulnerable families.

To do this we also work in partnership with:

  • Surrey County Council and the 10 other boroughs in the county
  • other public sector partners such as the NHS, police and fire services
  • charities and volunteers
  • contractors
  • local community groups.


Leader of the council: Councillor John Ward

The leader of the council sets the council's agenda. He works with his cabinet to decide what policies should be put before full council for a vote.

Borough council elections are held every four years. See the Your councillors section for more information about Waverley's councillors.

Chief Executive: Tom Horwood

Council officers / staff carry out the day to day work of the council - they are neither elected nor party political. The person in charge is the chief executive. He is responsible for the strategic overview of all council services and for leading the council's core management team in ensuring we meet our strategic priorities. 

View the organisational structure

Our Corporate Strategy

Our Corporate Strategy focuses on three priorities: People, Place, Prosperity.

Working in different services

Find out more about what it's like to work in:

Environmental Services




More information

Our main office is based in Godalming. See our location.

Where is Waverley? Maps of Waverley borough

Waverley - facts and figures for businesses

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