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Information about Cabinet

Composition of Cabinet


Leader of the Council


Councillor John Clarke

·       Overall strategy and delivery of agreed Council priorities and objectives.

·       Oversight of all Cabinet responsibilities.

·       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 bodies.

·       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.

·       Emergency Planning.

·       Responding to the ‘Cost of Living’ crisis.


Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder – Corporate Resources and Performance


Councillor Michael Payne

·       Budget strategy, financial management and local taxation.

·       Housing benefits and homelessness.

·       Asset management, including the Council’s investment property, sales and purchase of land.

·       Information and Communications Technology, including digitalisation.

·       Human resources, staff development and welfare.

·       Customer experience and insight.

·       Democratic services and governance.

·       Communications and Social Media relations.

·       Commercialisation, marketing and promotion

·       Transformation of Council services.


Portfolio Holder – Local Pride and Community Engagement


Councillor David Ellis

·       Crime reduction and safeguarding, including representation at the Crime Panel.

·       Heritage.

·       Community events.

·       Engagement with the voluntary sector.

·       Localities and neighbourhood working.

·       Parish Council liaison.

·       Senior’s Council and Interfaith Forum.

·       Member training and development.


Portfolio Holder - Diverse Communities and Life Chances


Councillor Kathryn Fox

·       Refugees and resettlement.

·       Member champion for women and the disabled.

·       Domestic violence, abuse and hate crime.

·       Rural affairs.

·       Social mobility, including linkages to its markers of health, education, housing, income, race and gender.


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.

·       Private sector housing, social housing and addressing empty homes.

·       Business growth, economic development, and inward investment.

·       Workforce development, employment and skills opportunities.

·       Town and local centre economy.


Portfolio Holder – Lifestyles, Health and Wellbeing


Councillor Henry Wheeler

·       Leisure Centres.

·       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 support.


Portfolio Holder – Environment


Councillor Ron McCrossen

·       Maintenance and development of parks, open spaces, cemeteries and allotments.

·       Provision of play parks, pitches and other play facilities.

·       Air quality, walkways and cycle-paths.

·       Waste Management, recycling and street cleansing.

·       Carbon management and climate change.

·       Food, health and housing standards.

·       Environmental prosecutions and enforcement.

·       Climate Change Member Champion.


Portfolio Holder – Young People and Equalities


Councillor Viv McCrossen

·       Play and events for young people.

·       Holiday activities and food programme (HAF).

·       Addressing child poverty.

·       Youth Council and Youth Mayor.

·       Engagement and consultation with young people.

·       Youth unemployment and apprenticeships, including working with schools.

·       Equalities, diversity and inclusion.


All Portfolio-holders have the authority to:


1)    Make all executive decisions, within their area of responsibility, on matters which are not reserved to Cabinet and within the limitations of the Financial Regulations.


2)    Monitor service performance, within their area of responsibility and take action to improve performance where necessary, in conjunction with the relevant Director.


3)    Respond to consultation documents received by the Council within their area of responsibility.


4)    Approve policies and procedures within their area of responsibility.


5)    Authorise the commencement of any proceedings in connection with any offences within their area of responsibility.


6)    Determine fees and charges within their area of responsibility.


7)    Make 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.


The Cabinet will be supported by the following Policy Advisors:


Policy Advisor for Heritage and Homelessness – Councillor Des Gibbons

Policy Advisor for Environment – Councillor Sandra Barnes


Policy 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 Policy Advisor.