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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.

Leader - Mark Topping

Mark topping

Portfolio responsibilities

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

Joint Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance - Andy Moore

andy moore

Portfolio responsibilities

  • Finance
  • Investments 
  • Asset Management
  • Waste and Recycling

Joint Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Built Environment - Adrian Birch

adrian birch

Portfolio responsibilities

  • Built Environment (Net Zero)

  • Housing and Homelessness

  • Housing Policy

  • Leisure

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