Council Leader unveils leadership team

Leader of Kirklees Council, Cllr Shabir Pandor, has revealed his top team to take on the challenge of transforming the Kirklees economy and improving its public services over the coming year.

Cllr Pandor was re-elected as Leader of the Council by councillors at today’s Annual Council Meeting. He has now appointed nine Cabinet members who will take on responsibilities for a range of council services.

Cabinet members will take important decisions individually and collectively on behalf of the council in this municipal year.

Cllr Pandor said:

“There’s no time to waste. My Cabinet is committed to finishing our fight with COVID-19 and transforming Kirklees for the long term.

“My Cabinet will focus on the things that really matter to people in every part of Kirklees. We have the most ambitious programme of infrastructure improvements for towns and villages that we’ve ever seen in Kirklees. These new Cabinet appointments reflect the scale of our ambitions and the opportunities in front of us.

“As we rebuild our economy and public services, it’s vital that we leave no one behind. The crisis has exposed the inequalities that exist in Kirklees and across the country. We will only come back stronger if everyone in Kirklees, regardless of your background, has the chance to play a full part in our economy and our society. I know my Cabinet shares my commitment but we will work with councillors, partner organisations and local people to make sure our future is more inclusive than our past.

“We’ve learned a lot during the pandemic. Every council service has been affected. My Cabinet is committed to learning the lessons and delivering outstanding services for everyone who lives here. On our journey to excellence in children’s services, tackling climate change and building a new housing service, I know Cabinet members are up to the task on improving the quality of life for residents on these issues and many more.

“My Cabinet will work as a team to make sure Kirklees comes back stronger from the pandemic.”

Cabinet portfolios for the municipal year 2021-22 are:

Shabir Pandor,  Leader

Cathy Scott, Deputy Leader, Housing and Democracy

Carole Pattison, Learning, Aspiration and Communities

Peter McBride, Regeneration

Viv Kendrick, Children (Statutory responsibility for Children)

Naheed Mather, Environment

Will Simpson, Culture and Greener Kirklees

Musarrat Khan, Health & Social Care

Paul Davies, Corporate

Eric Firth, Town Centres