Babergh District Council has re-elected Cllr Jennie Jenkins as Leader, and has unveiled the new Cabinet system supporting her to run the Council.
Under the revised constitution the leader of the council, elected by all Members, will appoint members of the Cabinet to help direct the council. The leader will also assign portfolios to some Cabinet Members as appropriate.
At Babergh’s Annual Council Meeting on Tuesday 23 May, Cllr Peter Burgoyne was re-elected Chairman of Babergh District Council, with Cllr Kathryn Grandon elected as Vice-Chairman.
Cllr Jennie Jenkins was also re-elected as Leader of Babergh District Council, and appointed her Cabinet Members, each responsible for a specified portfolio of Council business. These Cabinet Members are:
Cllr Jenkins also took responsibility for the Assets and Investments Portfolio, and appointed Cllr Jan Osborne as Deputy Leader of the Council.
The new Cabinet Model replaces the existing Strategy Committee and Portfolio Holder model, streamlining the decision making process. This both strengthens the Governance of the council and also provides greater clarity and accountability for officers working to direction from Members.
This will also provide greater transparency, with Forward Plans of cabinet business to be published online regularly covering the upcoming three months of Cabinet business on a rolling basis.
Cllr Jennie Jenkins, re-elected Leader of Babergh District Council, said: “This new Cabinet model is designed to make our work transparent, our responses swifter and our council stronger. By doing this we will be able to focus more clearly on what matters to our residents.
“By making it clear what decisions are made by which parts of the council, and publishing a full forward plan of Cabinet business, we hope to help make local government more open and more accessible for our residents.”
Full details of all Babergh District Council Members are available on our website