Cabinet Forward Plan

The Council is required to publish a forward plan of key decisions to be taken by the Leader of the Council, Cabinet, individual Cabinet Members or Officers. For more information please:

The Forest of Dean District Council Cabinet is made up of:

Councillor name Role

Councillor Tim Gwilliam 

(Forest First)

Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Policy and Strategy, Leisure and Tourism, the Arts, Schools Support, Children and Young People.  

Councillor Roger James 

(Forest First)

Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance, Governance, Performance and Shared Working.

Councillor Paul Hiett 

(Forest First)

Cabinet Member for Communities and Parish and Town Councils and Community Safety.

Councillor Richard Leppington  


Cabinet Member for Development, Asset Management, Infrastructure and Housing.

Councillor Chris McFarling 

(Non-Aligned Ind and Green)

Cabinet Member for Environment, Wildlife, Heritage, Culture.

 Councillor Julia Gooch

(Independent Non-Aligned)

Cabinet Member for Town Centres, Business Support and Jobs.

 Councillor Alan Grant


Cabinet Member for Planning Policy and Health and Wellbeing. 


Overview and scrutiny

Decisions made within existing Council policies will usually become effective immediately. However if the decision is challenged by another councillor before it is

implemented it is ‘called in’ to the Strategic Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

The Strategic Overview & Scrutiny Committee, made up of non-Cabinet members has been established to:

  • monitor decisions
  • review policies & performance
  • make recommendations for future action.

The Council

The Council has the ultimate power to hold the Cabinet to account and to:

  • make decisions required by statute
  • consider, debate and approve budget, policy and major service proposals
  • scrutinise the performance of the Cabinet with the assistance of scrutiny committees
  • make appointments to committees and outside bodies
  • consider wider matters affecting the authority


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