Composition of Cabinet
Leader of the Council
Councillor John Clarke
Overall strategy and delivery of agreed Council
priorities and objectives.
Oversight of all Cabinet
Building and developing relationships with partners
at a local, regional, national and international level to pursue
matters of interest to the Council and the community.
Representing the interests of the Council and the
wider community on the Local Enterprise Partnership, East Midlands
Councils, and other key strategic local, regional and national
Oversight of the Council’s Partnership and
Collaboration Agreements with key partners.
Building and maintaining positive relationships with
and between elected Members and employees.
Promoting and encouraging effective corporate
governance and the highest standards of probity.
Responding to the ‘Cost of Living’
Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder – Corporate Resources
Councillor Michael Payne
Deputising for the Leader in all matters.
Budget strategy, financial management and local
Asset management, including the Council’s
investment property, sales and purchase of land.
Information and Communications Technology, including
Human resources, staff development and
Customer experience and insight.
Democratic services, governance.
Member training and development.
Communications and Social Media
Commercialisation, marketing and
Transformation of Council services.
Portfolio Holder – Environmental Services
Councillor Marje Paling
Maintenance of cemeteries and allotments.
Waste management and recycling.
Portfolio Holder – Public Protection
Councillor David Ellis
Community protection, crime reduction and
Modern slavery and hate crime.
Health and safety regulation.
Private sector housing and selective
Environmental prosecutions and
Portfolio Holder – Climate Change and Natural
Councillor Viv McCrossen
Carbon management and climate change.
Carbon sequestration (offsetting) through blue/green
Maintenance and development of parks and open
Provision of play parks, pitches and other play
Tree planting, woodland, and wildflower meadow
Air and water quality.
Portfolio Holder - Sustainable Growth and Economy
Councillor Jenny Hollingsworth
Planning policy, development management, building
control and land charges.
Strategic development framework, including transport
and community infrastructure, walkways and cycle-paths.
Strategic housing and addressing empty
Business growth, economic development, and inward
Workforce development, employment and skills
Town and local centre economy.
Portfolio Holder – Lifestyles, Health and
Councillor Henry Wheeler
Sports Development and physical activity.
Arts and culture, including Bonington theatre/cinema.
Health promotion and development.
Social prescribing partnerships.
Loneliness and isolation.
Mental health, including dementia
Portfolio Holder – Communities and Place
Councillor Lynda Pearson
Engagement with the voluntary sector.
Parish Council liaison.
Senior’s Council and other engagement
Portfolio Holder - Life Chances and Vulnerability
Councillor Kathryn Fox
Housing benefits and homelessness.
Equalities, diversity and inclusion.
Refugees and resettlement.
Member champion for women and the
Social mobility, including linkages to its markers
of health, education, housing, income, race and gender.
Engagement and consultation with young people,
including play, events and addressing child poverty.
Youth Council and Youth Mayor.
Youth unemployment and apprenticeships, including
working with schools.
Portfolio holders have the authority to:
executive decisions, within their area of responsibility, on
matters which are not reserved to Cabinet and within the
limitations of the Financial Regulations.
service performance, within their area of responsibility and take
action to improve performance where necessary, in conjunction with
the relevant Director.
consultation documents received by the Council within their area of
policies and procedures within their area of
the commencement of any proceedings in connection with any offences
within their area of responsibility.
fees and charges within their area of responsibility.
recommendations to the Cabinet, within their area of
responsibility, on matters reserved to Cabinet.
When taking decisions,
professional advice from officers, including the statutory
officers, should be taken into account.
will be supported by the following Policy Advisors:
Policy Advisor for
Vulnerable Communities – Councillor Sandra Barnes –
supporting the Portfolio Holder for Communities and Place and the
Portfolio Holder for Life Chances and Vulnerability.
Policy Advisor for
Environmental Services (Operations) – Councillor Des Gibbons
– supporting the Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services
Advisors will not hold delegated responsibility but will support
their respective Cabinet member on development and progression of
specific Gedling Plan actions as appropriate. The precise focus for
the work of each Policy Advisor will be agreed by the Leader,
Deputy Leader and relevant Cabinet member in discussion with the