Kirklees Council Leader, Councillor Shabir Pandor, has today appointed his Cabinet to lead the authority for the next twelve months.
Cllr Pandor’s Cabinet team will be responsible for taking major decisions on the council’s services. As well as setting the council’s direction.
Each of the nine cabinet members will focus their work on a piece of work known as a portfolio area.
Following the local elections earlier in May, the Labour party secured an overall majority of councillors on Kirklees Council.
This gives their group control of the council. The council had previously been led by a minority Labour administration who held the nine Cabinet posts.
Eight of the nine existing Cabinet Members retain their Cabinet position and portfolio. Following his retirement at May’s election, Cllr Peter McBride’s Regeneration portfolio will be taken on by Cllr Graham Turner.
Cllr Pandor said: “I’m really pleased to confirm our leadership team for the coming year. We have some major challenges and opportunities in front of us so we need a team with ideas and experience. That’s exactly what this Cabinet gives us.
“Every single one of our nine portfolios makes a difference to people’s lives in Kirklees. Whether it’s transforming our town centres, keeping communities safe or supporting children and families, this is a Cabinet that’s got the skills and the passion to deliver for local people.”
Here are the Kirklees Council Cabinet Portfolios 2022-23
Councillor Shabir Pandor – Leader of the Council
Cllr Pandor has overall responsibility for the council’s vision, direction and strategy.
Councillor Cathy Scott – Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Housing and Democracy
Cllr Scott is responsible for the council’s Homes & Neighbourhoods service. As well as making sure the council is responsive to local communities across Kirklees.
Councillor Paul Davies – Corporate Services
Cllr Davies oversees the council’s finances. His portfolio makes sure we deliver value for money for residents.
Cllr Davies also leads the council’s central services such as IT, performance and welfare. The portfolio also covers helping residents through the cost-of-living crisis.
Councillor Eric Firth – Town Centres
Cllr Firth is responsible for making sure our towns, villages and markets are safe, clean and welcoming for residents and visitors.
Councillor Viv Kendrick – Children (Statutory responsibility for Children)
Cllr Kendrick is responsible for vital services to safeguard children and support local families to thrive.
Councillor Musarrat Khan – Health and Social Care
Cllr Khan will be working with NHS partners to keep residents healthy. As well as helping Kirklees people to live well and independently.
Councillor Naheed Mather – Environment
Cllr Mather will be responsible for services that maintain and improve local roads, parks and green spaces as well as tackling environmental crime.
Councillor Carole Pattison – Learning, Aspiration and Communities
Cllr Pattison’s portfolio helps residents to achieve their potential through education, training and skills as well as promoting safer communities.
Councillor Will Simpson – Culture and Greener Kirklees
Cllr Simpson is responsible for celebrating Kirklees’ arts, culture and heritage. He also leads our work on sustainability and achieving net-zero carbon emissions.
Councillor Graham Turner – Regeneration
Cllr Turner will work with local businesses and develop the council’s economy. His role includes town centre transformation, planning and transport infrastructure.