First female leader of Warwickshire County Council announces cabinet

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The new leader of Warwickshire County Council, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, announced her cabinet at a meeting yesterday (Tuesday).

The Warwickshire County Council cabinet has been reduced in size from ten to nine members.

As well as taking up the role of deputy leader, Cllr Alan Cockburn assumes the portfolio for finance and economic development.

The rest of the cabinet is as follows.

Public health with special responsibility for HS2: Cllr Bob Stevens

Transport and planning: Cllr Peter Butlin

Customers: Cllr Colin Hayfield

Children and schools: Cllr Heather Timms

Community safety: Cllr Les Caborn

Adult social care: Cllr Jose Compton

Corporate business and environment: Cllr Jeff Clarke

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, who has become Warwickshire County Council’s first female leader, said: “It is a great honour and a privilege to lead the county council. We will have some difficult times ahead and all parties will need to work together for the benefit of the residents of Warwickshire.

“All 62 councillors have been elected to represent their constituents on the county council, and we need to have a consensual approach to achieve sustainable and improved services and to make Warwickshire a place of opportunity for business, enterprise and employment.”

The council has also announced the make up of the overview and scrutiny committees that will oversee the work of the council.

Committees and their chairs and vice-chairs were announced.

They are as follows:

Adult Social Care and Health

Chair: Cllr John Beaumont

Vice-chair: Cllr John Appleton

Children and Young People

Chair: Cllr Bob Hicks

Vice-chair: Cllr Julie Jackson

Communities

Chair: Richard Chattaway

Vice-chair: Cllr John Holland

Corporate Services

Chair: Cllr June Tandy

Vice-chair: Cllr Martin Heatley

Councillor June Tandy, leader of the Labour Group, said: “Overview and Scrutiny is a very valuable part of the democratic process at Warwickshire County Council.

“Policy issues are looked into very carefully and can be changed as a result of any recommendations that come from the discussions. Councillors of all political parties have an opportunity to hold the cabinet member to account for any decisions they take and this aspect of Overview and Scrutiny is a vital role for the County Council.”

For a full list of membership and other appointments on to committees and bodies go to www.warwickshire.gov.uk/democracy.