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Cabinet roles and responsibilities

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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.

Michele Mead - Leader of the Council

Michele Mead - Leader of the Council

Her portfolio responsibilities are:

  • policy framework
  • Corporate Plan
  • co-ordination of executive functions
  • representation on Regional and National Bodies
  • Oxfordshire Partnership Board
  • Oxfordshire Growth Board
  • Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Oxfordshire Leaders
  • economic development
  • inward investment
  • communications
  • Parish and Town Council liaison

Toby Morris - Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Resources

Toby Morris - Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Resources

His portfolio responsibilities are:

  • finance and management
  • equality and diversity
  • Customer Services
  • Information Technology and services
  • Asset Management
  • Council Tax and Benefits
  • health and safety
  • councillor development
  • shared services
  • efficiency agenda
  • performance management
  • business development
  • visitor economy

Norman MacRae - Cabinet Member for Environment

Norman MacRae - Cabinet Member for Environment

His portfolio responsibilities are:

  • car parking
  • waste collection and recycling
  • Street Scene (cleansing, litter and grounds maintenance)
  • energy advice
  • flood alleviation
  • environmental and regulatory
  • environmental partnership

Suzi Coul - Cabinet Member for Health and Leisure

Suzi Coul - Cabinet Member for Health and Leisure

Her portfolio responsibilities are:

  • sports and leisure facilities and strategy
  • healthy communities
  • public art
  • Community Facilities Grants
  • Community Revenue Grants
  • Community Activity Grants
  • Oxfordshire health improvement
  • community and public health

Merilyn Davies - Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing

Merilyn Davies - Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing

Her portfolio responsibilities are:

  • safeguarding, Community Safety Partnership
  • crime and disorder
  • neighbourhood policing
  • scrutiny of Police and Crime Commissioner
  • voluntary sector engagement
  • broadband
  • assets of community value
  • housing Allocations
  • homelessness

Jeff Haine - Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning

Jeff Haine - Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning

His portfolio responsibilities are:

  • regional spatial strategy
  • Local Plan
  • Government planning policies and guidance
  • conservation and design
  • design and historic environment
  • landscape and biodiversity
  • strategic housing
  • provision of affordable housing
  • sheltered housing accommodation
  • development management

David Harvey - Cabinet Member for Climate Change

David Harvey - Cabinet Member for Climate Change

His portfolio responsibilities are:

  • zero carbon status by 2030
  • liaising with cabinet colleagues and officers on climate change
  • ensuring all the Council’s policies meet this requirement.
  • fossil fuel dependence reduction
  • alternative energy
  • biodiversity across the District
  • assisting businesses to achieve carbon neutral status.
  • liaising with local, countywide and national bodies on climate change