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Cabinet roles and responsibilities

Role of a Cabinet member

Cabinet members are responsible for:

  • leading on developing council policy and make recommendations to the Cabinet
  • providing guidance to the Cabinet on developments within the portfolio
  • giving guidance to the Cabinet on budget priorities
  • monitoring performance and make sure policy is delivered
  • leading on improving council services
  • making sure that activities meet the council's overall vision, core values and guiding principles
  • contributing to debate and decision-making
  • working with councillors who are not members of the Cabinet, members of the opposition and officers to make sure that the overview and scrutiny process works correctly
  • appearing before and responding to overview and scrutiny committee reports
  • representing the council at a national and local level

Each Cabinet member is the spokesperson for the policy area or 'portfolio' they are responsible for.

The below information will be updated in due course once cabinet have decided portfolio responsibilities following the change of Leader.

Leader responsibilities

  • Policy and Strategy
  • Cross-Border
  • Public Engagement
  • Performance and Shared Working
  • Governance

Leader and Cabinet Member for Built Environment - Adrian Birch

adrian birch

Portfolio responsibilities

  • Built Environment (Net Zero)

  • Housing and Homelessness

  • Housing Policy

  • Leisure

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance - Andy Moore

andy moore

Portfolio responsibilities

  • Finance
  • Investments 
  • Asset Management
  • Waste and Recycling

Cabinet Member for Environment - Jackie Fraser

Jackie Fraser

Portfolio responsibilities

  • Biodiversity Emergency
  • Nature Recovery
  • Environmental Health

Cabinet Member for Economy - Johnathan Lane

Johnathan lane

Portfolio responsibilities

  • Regeneration
  • Business Support
  • Employment
  • Tourism
  • Levelling Up

Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency - Chris McFarling

Chris McFarling

Portfolio responsibilities

  • Climate Emergency
  • Energy
  • Flooding
  • Biosphere

Cabinet Member for Planning Policy and Local Plan - Sid Phelps

Sid Phelps

Portfolio responsibilities

  • Local Plan
  • Planning policy

Cabinet Member for Thriving Communities - Jackie Dale

Jackie Dale

Portfolio responsibilities

  • Community Empowerment and Resilience
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Communications
  • Public Engagement