The Leader and the Cabinet

Leader of Council

The Leader of the Braintree District Council is Councillor Graham Butland.

At our Annual General Meeting on 21 May 2019, the 49 elected Members appointed Graham as Leader.  The appointment is for a four-year term of office.

The Leader of the Council allocates executive (Cabinet) functions.

The Leader can carry these functions out or arrange for:

  • the Cabinet to carry them out
  • a Cabinet Member to carry them out
  • a Sub-Committee to carry them out
  • an Officer to carry them out

The Cabinet

The Leader of the Council appoints the Cabinet.

The Leader divides Cabinet responsibilities into portfolios and allocates these to Members of the Cabinet.

Cabinet Member Portfolios

The Cabinet Members and their Portfolios are:

The Cabinet

The Leader of the Council appoints the Cabinet.

The Leader divides responsibilities into portfolios and allocates these to each Cabinet Member.

Cabinet Member Portfolios

The Cabinet members and their portfolios are:

Leader of the Council Councillor Graham Butland

Portfolio covering Corporate Strategy and Direction:

  • Vision and Strategic Direction
  • Corporate Strategy
  • North Essex Garden Communities
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Strategic Economic Growth
  • Promotion of the District
  • External Relations
  • Electoral Administration

Cabinet Member (and Deputy Leader of the Council) Councillor Tom Cunningham

Portfolio covering Economic Development and Infrastructure:

  • Economic Development Strategies
  • North Essex Economic Board and Regional Partnerships
  • Town Centre Renewal
  • Business Engagement and Support
  • Employment site; Enterprise Centre Strategy
  • Inward Investment
  • Skills and Education Improvement
  • Infrastructure and Connectivity

Cabinet Member Councillor Frankie Ricci

Portfolio covering Communities, Culture and Tourism:

  • Community Facilities and Support
  • Local Community Engagement
  • Community Transport
  • Voluntary Sector
  • Rural Communities
  • External Funding
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Older People
  • Children and Young People
  • Heritage Services
  • Tourism

Cabinet Member Councillor John McKee

Portfolio covering Corporate Transformation:

  • Commercialisation and Income Generation
  • Efficiency and Improvement Programme
  • Strategic Investment Programme, including Investment Strategy
  • Asset Management
  • Enterprise Centre Portfolio
  • ICT and Digital Strategy
  • Communications
  • Risk Management

Cabinet Member Councillor Mrs Wendy Schmitt

Portfolio covering Environment and Place:

  • Waste Minimisation and Recycling
  • Street Cleaning and Parks
  • Landscapes and Countryside
  • Parking and Highways
  • Licensing
  • Building Control
  • Environmental Health
  • Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Community Safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Armed Forces Covenant
  • Emergency Planning

Leader of the Council Councillor Graham Butland

Portfolio covering Finance and Performance Management:

  • Medium-Term Financial Strategy
  • Financial and Treasury Management
  • Performance Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Customer Services
  • Procurement
  • Health and Safety
  • Member Support and Development
  • Human Resources and Organisational Development

Cabinet Member Councillor Peter Tattersley

Portfolio covering Health and Wellbeing:

  • Livewell Programme
  • Health Improvement
  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing
  • Heath Partnerships
  • Leisure Centres
  • Sports Development

Cabinet Member Councillor Kevin Bowers

Portfolio covering Homes:

  • Housing Strategy
  • Housing Development
  • Homelessness
  • Affordable Housing Delivery
  • Welfare Reform

Cabinet Member Councillor Mrs Gabrielle Spray

Portfolio covering Planning:

  • Local Plan
  • Development Management
  • Planning Enforcement
  • Landscape Services

Governance and Members

Address: Causeway House
Bocking End

Telephone: 01376 552525