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Cabinet reshuffle in York


2:18pm 11th May 2012

City of York Council’s Leader, Cllr James Alexander, has today announced a Cabinet reshuffle, which will be in effect from Monday 14th May.

To make full use of all Cabinet Members’ skills, the reshuffle has boosted the prominence of tourism in the creation of the post of Culture, Leisure and Tourism, and aligns the role of Crime and StrongerCommunities with the voluntary sector and neighbourhoods, with aspirations for crime and community safety.

Cllr James Alexander, said:

“Today I announce a reshuffle of Cabinet, with Cllr Tracey Simpson-Laing remaining as the Deputy Leader and I’ve tried to boost the prominence of tourism in the new role of Leisure, Culture and Tourism. I’m sure we have strong team to deliver on the commitments we’ve made in our second year in administration.”

The new roles and responsibilities are as follows:

Cllr James Alexander, Labour Leader and responsibility for:

Economic Development and Regeneration

Policy, Strategy and Partnerships

Business and Policy Support

Staff Relations

Business and Skills Development

Cllr Tracey Simpson-Laing: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Services.  Responsibility for:

Deputises for Leader on any of the above

Civic and Democratic Services (inc. Scrutiny and Electoral Services)

Assessment and Personalisation

Older People, Mental Health, Respite

Commissioning and Partnerships

Service and Delivery Transformation

Housing Landlord (HRA)

Housing General

Cllr Dave Merrett Transport, Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainability. Responsibility for:


City Development and Transport

Environment Strategy

Carbon Reduction

Conservation and Urban Design

Parking Strategy

Highways Strategy

Flood Protection

Air Quality

Cllr Julie Gunnell, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services: Responsibility for:

Customer Services

Legal Services

Human Resources and Payroll

Financial Services

Financial Procedures and Risk Management


Performance and Business Assurance

Procurement Services

Business Change

Health and Safety


Property Services

Council Accommodation

Business Continuity

Financial Inclusion

Cllr Sandy Fraser, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services. Responsibility for:

Smarter York

Cleaning Services

Waste Management

Street Environment

Civil Engineering and Highways

Parking Services

Waste Management Strategy (Client)

Cllr Sonja Crisp Leisure, Cabinet Member of Leisure, Culture and Tourism. Responsibility for:




Arts and Culture



City Centre Management, Markets and Events

Equalities and Inclusion (Transferring to Crime and Stronger Communities once peer review is complete)

Cllr Janet Looker, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Young People. Responsibility for:

School Improvement and Staff Development

Children and Families

Partnerships and Early Intervention

Resource Management

Lifelong Learning

Youth Services

Dafydd Williams, Cabinet Member for Crime and Stronger Communities. Responsibility for:

Safer Neighbourhoods

Anti-Social Behaviour

Licensing and Enforcement

Trading Standards

Emergency Planning

Youth Offending

Environmental Health

Alcohol and Drugs Action

Neighbourhood Management


Licensing and Bereavement


Communications and Media

Equalities and Inclusion (Transferring from Leisure, Culture and Tourism once peer review is complete)

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