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Cabinet roles and responsibilities

Role of a Cabinet member

Cabinet members are responsible for:

  • leading on developing council policy and make recommendations to the Cabinet
  • providing guidance to the Cabinet on developments within the portfolio
  • giving guidance to the Cabinet on budget priorities
  • monitoring performance and make sure policy is delivered
  • leading on improving council services
  • making sure that activities meet the council's overall vision, core values and guiding principles
  • contributing to debate and decision-making
  • working with councillors who are not members of the Cabinet, members of the opposition and officers to make sure that the overview and scrutiny process works correctly
  • appearing before and responding to overview and scrutiny committee reports
  • representing the council at a national and local level

Each Cabinet member is the spokesperson for the policy area or 'portfolio' they are responsible for.

Michele Mead - Leader of the Council

Michele Mead - Leader of the Council

Her portfolio responsibilities are:

  • Policy Framework
  • Corporate Plan
  • Executive functions
  • Regional and National Bodies
  • Oxfordshire Partnership Board
  • Oxfordshire Growth Board
  • Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Oxfordshire Leaders
  • Publica and Ubico
  • Democratic Services
  • Communications

David Harvey - Deputy Leader, Cabinet Member for Climate Change

David Harvey - Cabinet Member for Climate Change

His portfolio responsibilities are:

  • Alternative energy
  • Biodiversity across the District
  • Carbon neutral by 2030
  • Fossil fuel dependence reduction
  • Local, national and county wide liaison on climate

Suzi Coul - Cabinet Member for Finance

Suzi Coul - Cabinet Member for Health and Leisure

Her portfolio responsibilities are:

  • Economic development
  • Inward investment
  • Finance and Management
  • Council Tax and Benefits
  • Efficiency agenda
  • Performance management of the Council
  • Business development
  • Visitor economy
  • Asset management

Jane Doughty - Cabinet Member for Customer Delivery

Cllr Jane Doughty

Her portfolio responsibilities are:

  • Parish and town liaison
  • Equality and diversity
  • Customer Services
  • ICT and services
  • Health and safety
  • Councillor development
  • Broadband
  • Sports and leisure facilities
  • Public art
  • Community
  • Facilities Grants
  • Community Revenue Grants.

Merilyn Davies - Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing

Merilyn Davies - Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing

Her portfolio responsibilities are:

  • Housing Allocations
  • Homelessness
  • Provision of affordable homes
  • Sheltered housing accommodation
  • Safeguarding - Community Safety Partnership
  • Crime and Disorder
  • Neighbourhood Policing
  • Scrutiny of Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Voluntary sector engagement
  • Assets of Community Value
  • Community and public health
  • Healthy Communities

Jeff Haine - Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning

Jeff Haine - Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning

His portfolio responsibilities are:

  • Regional Spatial Strategy
  • Local Plan
  • Government planning policies and guidance
  • Conservation and Design
  • Design and Historic Environment
  • Landscape and Biodiversity
  • Strategic Housing
  • Development Management
  • Ensuring planning policies meet 2030 requirement

Norman MacRae - Cabinet Member for Environment

Norman MacRae - Cabinet Member for Environment

His portfolio responsibilities are:

  • Car parking
  • Waste collection and recycling
  • Street Scene (cleansing, litter and grounds maintenance)
  • Energy advice
  • Flood alleviation
  • Environmental and regulatory
  • Environmental partnership