The Cabinet, made up of the Leader of the Council and six other councillors, uses its Executive Powers to make most of the Council's decisions on services, functions and Corporate management, including plans and strategies.

 Council cabinet May 2017

Some key matters, such as setting the Budget, remain a matter for Council to decide. Cabinet meetings take place every fortnight, and are chaired by the Leader. During these meetings, issues are raised and discussed, then decisions are made. 


Prior to the meeting, the agenda for the cabinet meeting is sent to all members of the Council.


Cabinet work to a Forward Work Programme that sets out Reports that members expect to come to different Cabinet Meetings across the year.


The day after the Cabinet meeting, any decisions that were made are sent to all Members of the Council, along with copies of reports on which the Cabinet based its decisions. Any councillor then has the opportunity to "call-in" an item for further scrutiny. Five scrutiny committees operate to deal with these requests.


PortfolioPortfolio Holder
Executive Leader and Cabinet Member for Performance & Resources Cllr John Thomas
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regulatory & Legal Services Cllr Hunter Jarvie
Learning and Culture Cllr Bob Penrose

Regeneration and Planning

Cllr Jonathan Bird
Housing and Building Services Cllr Andrew Parker
Social Care, Health and Leisure Cllr Gordon Kemp
Neighbourhood Services and Transport Cllr Geoff Cox