Is your Kent councillor on KCC's new cabinet?

Contributed by editor on May 16, 2017 - 11:55 AM


Kent County Council has announced its new cabinet following last week’s elections.



It comes as the Conservatives retained control of the authority and increased their majority.

The group won 67 of the 81 seats with the Liberal Democrats emerging as the official opposition with seven seats.

UKIP lost all of the seats it won in 2013 while Labour dropped from 12 to five.

Announcing the new line-up, Leader of Kent County Council Paul Carter said: “This new Cabinet is a very strong team that harnesses the very best talents at County Hall.

“The Cabinet has a challenging agenda ahead, continuing its focus on delivering excellent value for money and improving frontline services.

“The new cabinet will ensure we remain a strong, vibrant and forward-thinking local authority.”

The new cabinet, to be officially confirmed at the full council meeting on May 25, is:

- Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Commissioning & Public Health: Peter Oakford
- Deputy Cabinet Members: Catherine Rankin and Paulina Stockell

- Cabinet Member for Finance: John Simmonds
- Deputy Cabinet Member: Margaret Crabtree

- Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care: Graham Gibbens
- Deputy Cabinet Member: Diane Marsh

- Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education: Roger Gough
- Deputy Cabinet Members: Ann Allen and Shellina Prendergast and Michael Northey

- Cabinet Member for Customers, Communications and Performance: Susan Carey
- Deputy Cabinet Member: Jeremy Kite

- Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport & Waste: Matthew Balfour
- Deputy Cabinet Member: Michael Payne

- Cabinet Member for Corporate & Democratic Services: Eric Hotson

- Cabinet Member for Economic Development: Mark Dance
- Deputy Cabinet Member: Sean Holden

- Cabinet Member for Community & Regulatory Services: Mike Hill
- Deputy Cabinet Member: Sarah Hohler

The number of county councillors reduced from 84 to 81 following a boundary review in 2016.

40 of the previously sitting Members were returned to the council and there are 36 new KCC Members alongside five who had been Members in the past.

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