Coronavirus (COVID-19)

See our dedicated coronavirus webpage for changes and updates to our services, how to get help in your community and support and advice for businesses.

All coronavirus information
Cabinet member portfolios

Cabinet member portfolios

Cabinet Member Portfolios

Leader of Council

Councillor Graham Butland was appointed as Leader of the Council at the Annual General Meeting held on 21st May 2019. The appointment is for a 4 year term of office.

All executive functions of the Council are vested by Law in the Leader of the Council.  The Leader of the Council has overall responsibility for the allocation of all executive functions and these can either be carried out by the Leader, or the Leader may arrange for them to be carried out by the Cabinet collectively, by a Cabinet Member, by a Sub-Committee or by an Officer.

The Cabinet is appointed by the Leader of the Council and responsibilities are divided into portfolios which are designated to each Cabinet Member.  

Cabinet Member Portfolios for 2019/20

The Leader made the following appointments to the Cabinet and allocated the portfolio areas as set out below.

Leader of the Council - Councillor Graham Butland

Portfolio - Overall Corporate Strategy and Direction:

  • Overall 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 - Economic Development and Infrastructure: 

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

Cabinet Member - Councillor Frankie Ricci

Portfolio - Communities Culture & Tourism:

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

Cabinet Member - Councillor John McKee

Portfolio - Corporate Transformation:

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

Cabinet Member - Councillor Mrs Wendy Schmitt

Portfolio - Environment & Place:

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

Cabinet Member - Councillor David Bebb

Portfolio - Finance & Performance Management:

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

Cabinet Member - Councillor Peter Tattersley 

Portfolio - Health & Wellbeing:

  • Livewell Programme
  • Health Improvement 
  • Emotional Health and Well-being
  • Heath Partnerships
  • Leisure Centres
  • Sports Development

Cabinet Member - Councillor Kevin Bowers

Portfolio - Homes:

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

Cabinet Member - Councillor Mrs Gabrielle Spray

Portfolio - Planning:

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

Updated: 22nd May 2019