Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Members revealed for 2019/20

13/05/2019, PR-9052

Wakefield city centre

Wakefield Council's controlling Labour Group has again elected Cllr Peter Box CBE as Leader of the Group, ensuring he continues in his role as the Leader of Wakefield Council, a position he has held for over 20 years.

Changes to Cabinet Member positions have been proposed for 2019/20 as well as the addition of a new Cabinet role with a focus on Skills and Employment – a key area for the Council and the district. The changes are:

Cllr Michael Graham will be Cabinet Member for Skills and Employment, with Michelle Collins as his Deputy Cabinet Member.

Cllr Faith Heptinstall will become Cabinet Member for Adults and Health after Cllr Pat Garbutt stepped down from the role. Cllr Ros Lund will act as her deputy.

Cllr David Dagger will take up post as Deputy Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Cllr Lynn Masterman will become the Deputy Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport.

Cllr Peter Box CBE
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council

Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "I would like to welcome all the new members joining the Cabinet team. The challenging times continue but I am confident that the knowledge, enthusiasm and experience this team brings will serve the district and our residents very well.

"The new Cabinet role will drive our ambition to help grow skill levels and reduce inequalities so that more of our residents can enjoy a good quality of life and I am confident that Cllr Graham will be an effective lead in this new role." 

The full list of proposed Cabinet positions for 2019/20 is:

Leader – Cllr Peter Box
Economic Growth and Regeneration (Deputy Leader) – Cllr Denise Jeffery
Transport and Highways – Cllr Matthew Morley
Culture, Leisure and Sport – Cllr Jacquie Speight
Adults and Health – Cllr Faith Heptinstall
Children and Young People – Cllr Margaret Isherwood
Environment and Communities – Cllr Maureen Cummings
Corporate Services – Cllr Les Shaw
Skills and Employment – Cllr Michael Graham

The proposed Deputy Cabinet Members are as follows:

Economic Growth and Regeneration – Cllr Darren Byford
Transport and Highways – Cllr Jessica Carrington
Culture, Leisure and Sport – Cllr Lynn Masterman
Adults and Health – Cllr Ros Lund
Children and Young People – Cllr Richard Forster
Environment and Communities – Cllr Martyn Ward
Corporate Services – Cllr David Dagger
Skills and Employment – Cllr Michelle Collins

The new Cabinet will be formally approved by Full Council at the Mayor-Making and Annual Council meeting on Thursday 23 May. The meeting will be live-streamed from 11.30am at www.wakefield.gov.uk/livestream

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