Leader announces new-look political team to lead Plymouth City Council


Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans has announced the top political team that will lead the authority’s new Labour administration.

The 10-strong Cabinet will be responsible for the running of the Council and making the key decisions following the Annual Meeting tomorrow (Friday 17 May).

The line-up includes two new members. Stoke councillor Jemima Laing takes over the Children and Young People portfolio and Devonport councillor Kate Taylor the Health and Adult Social Care portfolio.

There are also changes to other portfolios to reflect the Council’s priorities.

Councillor Jon Taylor, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Transformation, is taking responsibility for information technology and digital transformation, while Sue Dann, Cabinet member for Environment and Streetscene will have a greater focus on climate change and sustainability, including leading on Plymouth’s ambition to become a Carbon neutral city.

Councillor Mark Lowry’s role as Cabinet member for Finance now also includes the revival of district shopping centres and the health and wellbeing hubs investment programme, while Councillor Mark Coker’s Strategic Planning and Infrastructure portfolio now includes highways maintenance.

Councillor Evans said: “We have an exceptionally strong team to lead the Council’s administration. We have two very talented and able councillors taking on key roles in a very experienced Cabinet team. Together we have a wealth of experience to drive forward our big ambitions for Plymouth.

“We have achieved a great deal over the last year towards our ambition to make Plymouth to be a city to be proud of but there’s still a huge amount to do and some big challenges ahead.  I am confident that we have the right team in place to drive the Council in delivering these ambitions.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our previous Cabinet Members for Children and Young People Councillor Sue McDonald and Health and Adult Social Care Councillor Ian Tuffin for their continued commitment to improving the lives of some of Plymouth’s vulnerable residents.”

 

THE CABINET

Tudor Evans, Leader
The Cabinet is led by Councillor Tudor Evans, Labour councillor for Ham, who has previously served three terms as leader between 1998 and 2000, 2003 to 2007 and 2012 to 2016 and 2018 onwards. His responsibilities include economy and enterprise, regional and local economic strategy, the corporate plan, corporate policy development, the new Box visitor attraction due to open next year, liaison with Government, HM Dockyard and defence issues and strategic and commercial projects.

 

Peter Smith, Deputy Leader
Councillor Peter Smith is Deputy Leader, with responsibility for human resources, organisational development and trade union liaison, the library service, Mayflower 400 commemorations, events, leisure management contract, democracy and governance, member development and sports development. His portfolio also now includes parks, recreation and sports pitches.

 

Mark Lowry, Finance
Councillor Mark Lowry, who represents Honicknowle, is Cabinet member for Finance, with a brief that includes overseeing the revenue budget, performance management and pledge delivery, district shopping centre revival, corporate property and land and facilities management, the health and wellbeing hubs investment programme, the City Centre Company, monitoring and oversight of the capital programme, revenues and municipal enterprise and fees and charges.

 

Chris Penberthy, Housing and Co-operative Development
Councillor Chris Penberthy, who represents St Peter and the Waterfront, oversees the Housing and Co-operative Development portfolio, which includes community wealth building (co-operative support and development, strategic procurement, inclusive growth and social value, community economic development and social enterprise support), Co-operative Council support (Cities of Service, Welcoming Plymouth, Fairness Commission delivery, veterans and the community covenant) and tackling poverty (child poverty and national welfare policy).

 

Mark Coker, Strategic Planning and Infrastructure
Councillor Mark Coker, who represents Devonport, is responsible for the Strategic Planning and Infrastructure portfolio, which includes the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan, transport policies and strategies, sustainable transport including walking and cycling, strategic highways, highways maintenance, parking and marine services and Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry.

 

Jemima Laing, Children and Young People
Stoke councillor Jemima Laing’s new role will be overseeing the Children and Young People portfolio, which includes children’s social care, child sexual exploitation, children’s public health, adoption and fostering, corporate parenting, early prevention for families, the youth offending service and children’s dental mental health and dental health.

 

Kate Taylor, Health and Adult Social Care
Devonport Councillor Kate Taylor’s new role overseeing the Health and Adult Social Care portfolio, includes older people’s services, mental health services, physical disability services, drug and alcohol services, learning disability services, the dementia friendly city agenda, adults’ public health, health and social care co-operative commissioning and other healthcare matters.

 

Jon Taylor, Education, Skills and Transformation
Budshead councillor Jon Taylor is Cabinet member for Education, Skills and Transformation and has executive leadership and oversight of the Council’s transformation activities, designs for future purpose, functions and shape of the organisation and for Information Technology and digital transformation. His education and skills responsibilities include overseeing post-16 education and training, the Plan for Education, the Plymouth Challenge, schools, school admissions arrangements, special educational needs and disabilities, early years, adult education, higher and further education, skills and employability.

 

Sue Dann, Environment and Street Scene
Councillor Sue Dann, who represents Sutton and Mount Gould, is Cabinet member for Environment and Street Scene, overseeing commercial and domestic waste management, recycling, street cleaning, green infrastructure including tree maintenance, Plastic Free Plymouth, Carbon Neutral City, climate change and sustainability, energy policy, environment enforcement and the Marine National Park Campaign.

 

Sally Haydon, Customer Focus and Community Safety
Councillor Sally Haydon, who represents St Budeaux, has the Customer Focus and Community Safety portfolio, which includes civil protection and resilience, crime and antisocial behaviour, food safety, trading standards, environmental health, customer services, community engagement, miscellaneous licensing, taxi licensing, Safer Plymouth and the Community Safety Partnership.