Cabinet changes for remainder of 2019/20

28/01/2020, PR-9269

Cllr Denise Jeffery has made changes to the Cabinet Member positions following her new appointment as Council Leader last month.

Cllr Jeffery has reviewed some of the existing Cabinet portfolios to ensure that her team is focussed on the key priorities of the Council and its residents.

Deputy Leader, Cllr Hemingway, will take on the newly established remit of Cabinet Member for Climate Change to help drive forward the Council’s commitment to become carbon neutral. Cllr Hemingway will now be supported by Cllr Blezard as deputy portfolio holder.

There will no longer be a separate portfolio for Skills, Digital and Technology. Digital and Technology, alongside those that were held in the previous Corporate Services portfolio, will now be renamed Resources. Cllr Graham will take on this role, supported by Cllr Carrington as his deputy. Skills will now be included in Cllr Byford’s portfolio for Regeneration and Economic Growth.

Planning will move into the Highways portfolio. Cllr Morley will be the Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways, and will also lead on enforcement, supported by Cllr Dagger as his deputy.

Cllr Cummings will be taking on a high profile lead role in the Council’s important work to tackle poverty, as the Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and Poverty. 

Cllr Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

​Announcing the changes, Cllr Jeffery said: "Some changes have been made in our portfolios to reflect the way the Council is moving forward, to make sure that we are fully focussed on our key priorities.

"I am confident that together this Cabinet will provide the right mix of skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to serve the district well."

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

Leader – Cllr Denise Jeffery
Climate Change – Cllr Jack Hemmingway (Deputy Leader)
Regeneration and Economic Growth – Cllr Darren Byford
Adults, Health and Wellbeing – Cllr Faith Heptinstall
Children and Young People – Cllr Margaret Isherwood
Culture, Leisure and Sport – Cllr Jacquie Speight
Environment, Communities and Poverty – Cllr Maureen Cummings
Resources – Cllr Michael Graham
Planning and Highways – Cllr Matthew Morley 

The Deputy Cabinet Members are as follows: 

Climate Change – Cllr Elaine Blezard
Regeneration and Economic Growth – Cllr George Ayre
Adults, Health and Wellbeing – Cllr Ros Lund
Children and Young People – Cllr Richard Forster
Culture, Leisure and Sport – Cllr Lynn Masterman
Environment, Communities and Poverty – Cllr Michelle Collins
Resources – Cllr Jessica Carrington
Planning and Highways – Cllr David Dagger