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Leader of Caerphilly Council unveils new-look Cabinet

Cllr Philippa Marsden

The Leader of Caerphilly county borough council announced details of her cabinet reshuffle at the Annual General Meeting this week.

Cllr Philippa Marsden has reconfigured the Cabinet to provide the organisation with a fresh focus as it begins the recovery process from the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are facing unprecedented challenges at the moment and I need to ensure that the Cabinet has the right people with the right responsibilities to ensure that we can focus on supporting the council and the needs of our community,” said Cllr Marsden.

“As part of this review I have also agreed to reinstate one additional Cabinet position which has been held vacant over recent months. We are one of the largest local authorities in Wales with a bold and ambitious improvement programme ahead of us, therefore it is clear that we need strong, focused leadership. I’m confident that we now have the right cabinet structure in place to achieve this.”

Cllr Barbara Jones is leaving the Cabinet and will be replaced by Cllr Ross Whiting who is responsible for ‘Learning and Achievement’. In addition, Cllr John Ridgewell will join the Cabinet to look after the ‘Environment and Infrastructure’ portfolio.

The revised Cabinet structure is as follows –

  • Leader of CouncilCllr Philippa Marsden
  • Economy & Enterprise (Deputy Leader)Cllr Sean Morgan
  • Corporate Services Cllr Colin Gordon
  • Finance, Performance & Customer Services Cllr Eluned Stenner
  • Learning & AchievementCllr Ross Whiting
  • Social Care Cllr Carl Cuss
  • Environment and Infrastructure Cllr John Ridgewell
  • Housing & Property Cllr Lisa Phipps
  • Waste & Public ProtectionCllr Nigel George

Each Cabinet Member will lead on key priority areas within their portfolio and work closely with senior officers to further improve services.

“We will now strengthen our links with the council’s corporate management team to continue our journey of transformation and service improvement. Residents can be assured that ‘Team Caerphilly’ is working hard to prioritise the needs and aspirations of the whole community,” added Cllr Marsden.