The Cabinet – find out who’s who in your council
Cllr David Sheard, Leader of Kirklees Council
On 20th May 2015 Kirklees Council leader David Sheard was elected to continue leading the council for another four years.
The Heckmondwike councillor leads the biggest group on the council – with 34 members – and overcame a challenge from Green Party leader Cllr Andrew Cooper.
Cllr Sheard said: “There is a job to be done. We need to set our strategies and a way forward which is mainly about tackling health and jobs and making sure people have a place to live.
“We face real problems in social care, and as a council we have to be more open and transparent. In the council chamber I hope we can have sensible debates because massive changes have to be made this year.”
Cllr Sheard also revealed a new look Cabinet, with changed areas of responsibility for members.
What is Cabinet?
The Cabinet is the executive decision-making body of the council.
It is chaired by the Leader of the council. Each Cabinet member is responsible for a specific portfolio or subject of work. They also work together on a broad range of issues.
Cabinet meetings take place every two weeks. Anyone can attend to voice their views and concerns.
Who else is in the Cabinet?
Cllr Erin Hill – Cabinet Member for Family Support and Child Protection.
Cllr Erin Hill becomes one of the youngest members of a cabinet in the country with her portfolio of Family Support and Child Protection.
Cllr Jean Calvert – Deputy Leader, Community Development, Councillor Involvement in New Council
Jean is also a councillor for Ashbrow ward
Cllr Shabir Pandor – Cabinet member for Schools and Learning
Shabir is also a councillor for Batley West ward
Cllr Peter McBride – Cabinet member for Transport, Skills, Jobs and Regional Affairs
Peter is also a councillor for Dalton ward
Cllr Cathy Scott – Cabinet member for Housing and the Relief of Poverty
Cathy is also a councillor for Dewsbury East ward
Cllr Steve Hall – Place – Cabinet member for Planning, Highways and Open Spaces
Steve is also a councillor for Heckmondwike ward
Cllr Viv Kendrick – Cabinet member for Prevention, Early Intervention and Vulnerable Adults
Viv is also a councillor for Heckmondwike ward
Cllr Graham Turner – Cabinet member for Resources and Community Safety
Graham is also a councillor for Denby Dale ward