Wakefield Council Cabinet 2014/15

Date: 04/06/2014
Ref: PR 4582

Wakefield Council's controlling Labour Group has proposed a change to some Cabinet portfolios following the recent local election.

The Cabinet members will remain the same, but some of their roles have changed.

The proposals include creating a new portfolio for Transport and Highways. Cllr David Dagger moves from Culture, Sport and Libraries to Transport and Highways, and Cllr Les Shaw takes over Culture, Leisure and Sport.

Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "We continue to face tough times ahead and this team will help meet these challenges head on.

"We understand from listening to local residents that the state of our roads is a top priority therefore we have created a dedicated Cabinet post with responsibility for Transport and Highways to ensure we do our best with the money we've got to keep our roads up to scratch. In addition, transport has also become an even more important role following the creation of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

"I am confident that this team of Cabinet members and assistants include the right blend of knowledge and experience to serve the district well."

The full list of proposed Cabinet positions for 2014/15 is:

Leader – Cllr Peter Box
Economic Growth and Skills (Deputy Leader) – Cllr Denise Jeffery
Transport and Highways – Cllr David Dagger
Culture, Leisure and Sport – Cllr Les Shaw
Adults and Health – Cllr Pat Garbutt
Children and Young People – Cllr Olivia Rowley
Environment and Communities – Cllr Maureen Cummings
Corporate Performance – Cllr Graham Stokes

The proposed Cabinet Assistants are as follows:
Economic Growth and Skills – Cllr Jackie Williams
Transport and Highways – Cllr Matthew Morley
Culture, Leisure and Sport – Cllr Jack Hemmingway
Adults and Health – Cllr Jean Askew
Children and Young People – Cllr Richard Taylor
Environment and Communities – Cllr Richard Forster
Corporate Performance – Cllr Martin Johnson

The new Cabinet will be formally approved by full Council at the Mayor-making and Council annual meeting on Wednesday, June 11. ​