Richmond Council future cabinet announced

The Leader of the Liberal Democrat majority party at Richmond Council has announced his intended Cabinet today. This includes dedicated responsibilities for priorities such as: Air Quality, the Economy, Employment and Equalities.

Following last week’s local election, Cllr Gareth Roberts will be formally announced as the Leader of the Council at a full Council meeting on the 22 May 2018. His Cabinet Member colleagues will also be confirmed.

It his intention to appoint the below:

Cllr Liz Jaeger, of Whitton Ward, will be appointed as the Deputy Leader of the Council.

Cllr Alexander Ehmann, representing St Margarets and North Twickenham, will also be appointed as Deputy Leader. In addition, he will be responsible for Transport, Streetscene and Air Quality.

Cllr Piers Allen, who represents West Twickenham Ward, will be appointed as Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Health. He will lead on supporting vulnerable adults, ensuring high quality care for all residents.

Cllr Geoff Acton, who represents St Margarets and North Twickenham Ward, will be appointed as Cabinet Member for Business, Economy and Employment (including property).

Cllr Martin Elengorn, who represents the Teddington ward, will be Cabinet Member for Environment, Planning and Sustainability. He will lead on major environmental areas including the continued fight against expansion of Heathrow airport.

The new Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Schools will be Cllr Penny Frost, who represents Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside ward. She will support the borough’s schools, looking to identify additional support for SEN provision.

Cllr Robin Brown, who represents Hampton Wick, will take on the Finance and Performance portfolio. He will be responsible for the Council’s financial management, as well as monitoring, challenging, and driving further improvement in Council performance.

Cllr John Coombs, of Heathfield Ward, will take on the role for Cabinet Member for Arts, Culture and Sport. He will promote and foster a strong arts and sports scene in the borough and lead on protecting local libraries.

Cllr Michael Wilson of Heathfield ward, will be the new Cabinet Member for Equality, Communities and the Voluntary Sector. He will lead on the launch of a new, meaningful community engagement programme that will take democracy and decision-making out to local people.

The Chairman of the Planning Committee will also be Cllr Jonathan Cardy, from Fullwell and Hampton Hill ward.

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