West Northamptonshire Council’s controlling Conservative party has named eight councillors who will help form the authority’s cabinet, subject to approval at tomorrow’s (Thursday, 20 May) annual council meeting.
Last week it was announced that Councillor Jonathan Nunn would be leader and Councillor Adam Brown would be his deputy.
Cllr Nunn said: “With these appointments, we have a strong team to help begin making our aspirations for West Northamptonshire a reality.
“We have some world class assets, from Silverstone Circuit and the high-tech performance cluster that has generated, an internationally renowned footwear industry and some global players like Carlsberg and Barclaycard.
“The county is steeped in history, has some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside and is perhaps the best geographical position in the country, making it an ideal location for both business and the visitor economy.
“We intend to capitalise on all of these assets to ensure the area and its residents have a very bright future to look forward to.”
All of the appointments are subject to confirmation during tomorrow’s (Thursday, 20 May) West Northamptonshire Council Annual Meeting.
Here are all the cabinet members and the departments they will be responsible for.
5. David Smith
Cllr David Smith, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Engagement, and Regulatory Services
The council said: "Cllr Smith was previously Access and Communications Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council, which included a focus on inclusivity. This positions him well to help improve community liaison and his keen interest in sport will stand him in good stead in ensuring that healthy opportunities are at the forefront of West Northamptonshire Council’s plan to improve life chances, particularly for more disadvantaged residents."
6. Adam Brown
Cllr Adam Brown, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Housing
The council said: "Cllr Brown will take on these duties in addition to his role as deputy leader and has a local government background in leisure and housing having carried out reviews in both areas as chair of the Scrutiny and Improvement Committee at Daventry District Council. He is also a keen supporter of local theatre and a qualified grass-roots rugby union referee."
7. Malcolm Longley
Cllr Malcolm Longley, Portfolio Holder for Finance
The council said:
"During the past few years, Cllr Longley worked with Finance Portfolio Holder, Cllr Michael Clarke, to improve Northamptonshire County Council’s finances, and then took over the position and saw the council’s financial recovery through to its conclusion earlier this year. Cllr Longley’s experience in the private sector, with previous senior positions in manufacturing and aviation, position him well to continue providing lean council services."
8. Rebecca Breese
Cllr Rebecca Breese, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Built Environment and Rural Affairs
The council said:
"Cllr Breese was Portfolio Holder for Planning at South Northamptonshire Council from 2012 to 2017 and chaired the West Northamptonshire Joint Planning Committee, so is well placed to take responsibility for this portfolio. During the past year she oversaw the delivery of West Northamptonshire Council’s first balanced budget and medium-term financial plan."