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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.

Councillor Tim Gwilliam (Progressive Independent)

Councillor Tim Gwilliam

Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Overall Strategy

Councillor Paul Hiett (Progressive Independent)

Councillor Paul Hiett

Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Communities

Councillor Chris McFarling (Green)

Councillor Chris McFarling

Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency

Councillor Richard Leppington (Progressive Independent)

Councillor Richard Leppington

Cabinet Member for Finance

Councillor Claire Vaughan (Progressive Independent)

Councillor Claire Vaughan

Cabinet Member for Housing

Councillor Bernie O'Neill (Progressive Independent)

Councillor Bernie O'Neill

Cabinet Member for Economy

Councillor Sid Phelps (Green)

Councillor Sid Phelps

Cabinet Member for Environment