City council announces new cabinet

Published: Thursday, 23rd May 2019

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has announced its new cabinet line-up.

The announcement was made at the council’s annual meeting this morning (Thursday).

Conservative group leader councillor Abi Brown, who was previously deputy leader of the council before the local elections earlier this month, is now the new leader of the council. Councillor Ann James, who heads the City Independents, is the new deputy leader, having previously led the council.

The full cabinet line-up is:

  • Councillor Abi Brown, council leader and cabinet member for corporate resource, strategy and partnerships.
  • Councillor Ann James, deputy council leader and cabinet member for health and social care.
  • Councillor Randy Conteh, cabinet member for communities and safer city.
  • Councillor Carl Edwards, cabinet member for the environment.
  • Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, infrastructure and heritage.
  • Councillor Joanne Powell-Beckett, cabinet member for housing.
  • Councillor Dave Evans, cabinet member for children and young people.
  • Councillor Lorraine Beardmore, cabinet member for sport, culture and leisure.
  • Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for education and economy.

The cabinet includes five members who served on the previous administration, councillors Brown, James, Conteh, Bridges and Jellyman; and four new members, councillors Evans, Powell-Beckett, Beardmore and Edwards – the latter two being newly elected members at the local election earlier this month.

Councillor Brown said: “I’m excited to announce the new cabinet; there is a really good balance between building on the experience of the members who served on the previous cabinet, and welcoming new members.

“We will continue to build on the strong sense of collaboration which has achieved so much over the past four years.

“I’d like to thank Councillor James and our coalition partners for their work in leading and transforming important services, including notable successes in her own portfolio with the good rating from the Care Quality Commission for the standard of our home care services.

“I look forward to working with a strong team that will work tirelessly for the good of the city.”

Councillor James added: “We look forward to continuing the administration’s excellent working relationship. We have worked hard over the past four years, and have a strong base on which to build, working as a partnership in the interests of everyone who lives in, works in and visits Stoke-on-Trent.”

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