Following a year in administration, and on the back of securing the first majority run administration since BCP Council was created, Conservative Council Leader Drew Mellor has today announced a new, updated
Cabinet + team which will give added focus to the priorities for the next few years.
Explaining the changes, Councillor Mellor commented:
“We’ve achieved so much since Councillors rejected the previous Liberal Democrat-led rainbow coalition just over a year ago. Since then, the Conservatives have won a further by-election and also recently secured the backing of four further Councillors, who left their respective groups to join us. This is a fantastic show of confidence and a real testament to the hard work of our team who have been delivering for all of the residents of
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
“Now, it is time for the next phase of our ambitious and transformative
plans, and it’s vital that we have the right top team and focus to help deliver that.
“Key to these changes is the absolute determination we have to restore pride in our area, especially through our Cleaner, Greener, Safer work. To ensure absolute delivery in that priority area, we are creating a new role
solely focussed on Council priorities – a Cabinet Member for Council Priorities & Delivery – whose role will be cross cutting across a number of departments and focussed on these critical tasks. I’m delighted that after
the hard work meeting the challenges we have faced across Covid and Education in the last year, Councillor Nicola Greene will be taking on this role.
“I will also be bringing two new Members into full Cabinet positions. Beverley Dunlop, who has shone as the Lead Member for Festival Coast Live!, joins in a new role of Cabinet Member for Culture & Vibrant Places – to reflect the growing importance of our cultural and place renaissance. Bobbie Dove will also be stepping up to take on our vital community safety and regulatory roles, such as the Council’s planning and licensing services, as our new Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Regulatory Services.
“Other changes in the Cabinet team include Karen Rampton leading on a new combined role bringing adult social care and our council housing services closer together, as Cabinet Member for People & Homes. Mohan Iyengar will act as Cabinet Member for Tourism & Active Health, with a
new focus on public health and active spaces. Mark Anderson continues leading from the front as the Cabinet Member for Environment & Place, Mike White as Cabinet Member for Children & Young People and Mike Greene as Cabinet Member for Sustainability & Transport.
“Finally, Deputy Leader Phil Broadhead continues to oversee our future ambitions for the area with the new title of Cabinet Member for Development, Growth & Regeneration – where he will also take on our ambitious house building agenda, alongside communications.
“As part of our extended Cabinet + team, I’m thrilled to be bringing two new Members on as Lead Members. Reflecting the increasing national and local significance of skills growth, social mobility and unleashing our full potential, Toby Johnson joins as our Lead Member for Levelling Up & Skills. And as part of our ongoing commitment to mental health, our carers and volunteers, Laurence Fear is taking on the task as Lead Member for Wellbeing.
“I’d also like to offer my sincere thanks to the collective efforts and work of all of the other Councillors who have been working tirelessly to get us where we are today. From those stepping up as Chairs and Vice-Chairs of our various boards and panels, to those working day in and day out to deliver for their wards and areas. Special thanks have to go to Councillors Bob Lawton and May Haines, who have been instrumental in getting us where we are today and I personally thank them both for their support and highly effective delivery in their areas.
“I’m highly confident that with these refined roles and new focus, we have the right team, talent and time to put our Big Plan into action and make Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole one of the best places in the country to live, work and invest.”