budget - SEN services - Cllr Jos Saunders - new Cabinet for CEC

The Leader of Cheshire East Council Rachel Bailey has unveiled her new-look Cabinet team.

And among the changes are Cllr Peter Groves, who represents Nantwich South and Stapeley, stepping away from his position.

Cllr George Hayes has also stepped down, with new faces coming in including Cllr Jos Saunders (pictured), who takes on the children and families portfolio.

There are a number of other changes to the portfolios of other Cabinet members to oversee responsibilities for democratic and public engagement, assurance and ICT portfolio.

The key changes are:

Cllr Liz Wardlaw – Deputy Leader Health, also customer operations, public engagement and libraries;

Cllr Ainsley Arnold – Housing, Planning and Regeneration, also trading standards, licensing, environmental health and air quality;

Cllr Janet Clowes – Adult Social Care and Integration, also safer communities;

Cllr Paul Findlow – Corporate Policy and Legal Services, also civil protection and emergency planning, democratic services and corporate risk management;

Cllr Paul Bates – Finance and Communication, also bus service review, car parking (interim), ASDVs;

Cllr Don Stockton – Environment – formerly Assets and Regeneration – now including local transport plan, car parking and cultural services.

Cllr Rachel Bailey -CabinetCouncil Leader Cllr Bailey (pictured, right) said: “I am very grateful for the contribution which both Peter Groves and George Hayes have made through their work in the cabinet.

“Cllr Peter Groves has served on the Cabinet in a variety of roles, including the portfolio brief of finance in what are well-recognised as uniquely challenging times for local government funding.

“Cllr George Hayes started as my deputy cabinet member in children and families before going on to become the cabinet member for children and families.

“He has been a passionate advocate for the young people of Cheshire East.

Audlem Road - councillor Peter Groves, bypass plan“I’m pleased that Cllr Hayes will continue leading The Skills and Growth Company, as he has done throughout its successful first year of operation.”

Cllr Groves (pictured, right), who also serves on Nantwich Town Council, said “It’s been an interesting and at times challenging journey, dealing with the media and working to improve our communications with residents and getting to grips with new IT systems, which will help us become even more effective going forward.

“I have also enjoyed the challenges involving the council’s democratic process and dealing with risk and complaints, and emergency planning.

“I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to all at Cheshire East Council who have helped and supported me, both officers and members.

“I would also like to wish the leader Rachel Bailey and the cabinet every success going forward.”

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