Medway Council Leader Cllr Rodney Chambers has put in place a new Cabinet as well as changes to other council committees at the start of the new council municipal year.

Cllr Chambers informed Council of the changes at the Annual Council meeting on Wednesday, 15 May 2013.

At the same meeting, new Mayor of Medway Cllr Josie Iles took over the mayoral chains of office for the coming year from outgoing Mayor Cllr Vaughan Hewett.

The Mayor’s Consort is Steve Iles. The Deputy Mayor is Cllr Jane Etheridge and the Deputy Mayor’s Consort is Gary Etheridge (corr).

The new Mayor’s charities for 2013/14 will be Demelza Kent, Help the Heroes, Medway Age UK and Caring Hands in the Community.

The changes to Cabinet include some changes to posts and roles including removing the post of Portfolio Holder for Children’s Social Care and making this area of work a responsibility of the Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services (Lead Member).

A new Portfolio Holder for Educational Improvement role will be created and the councillor in this role will work to the Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services (Lead Member).

The role of Portfolio Holder for Corporate Services has also been removed, reducing the overall number of Portfolio Holders (including the Leader) at Medway Council from ten to nine.

For full details of each role and to see the name of the councillor that will take up this post for the 2013/14 council year please see the table below.

Cllr Rodney Chambers
• Democracy and governance
• Inward investment
• Regeneration
• Strategic Partnerships
• World Heritage Site Status

Deputy Leader and Finance
Cllr Alan Jarrett
• Better for Less
• Communications and media
• Council Plan
• Council tax and business rates
• Finance
• Housing benefit
• Performance and service improvement
• Property
• Risk management
• Strategic procurement

Adult Services
Cllr David Brake
• Community care
• Independent Safeguarding and Review Service
• Health
• Older people
• Public Health (Lead Member)
• Services for people with learning and physical disabilities
• Telecare/Telemedicare

Children’s Services (Lead Member)
Cllr Mike O’Brien
• Children and Young People’s Plan
• Early years
• Further education
• Home to school transport
• Inclusion
• Primary and secondary education
• School services
• Special educational needs
• Specialist youth services
• Youth
• Adoption
• Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services
• Children with disabilities
• Children’s residential care
• Fostering
• Integrated Children’s Teams
• Leaving Care
• Looked After Children

Educational Improvement
Cllr Kelly Tolhurst
• Educational improvement as directed by the Children’s Services Portfolio Holder

Community Safety and Customer Contact
Cllr David Carr
• Community safety
• Community Officers
• Customer Contact
• Drugs and alcohol
• Enforcement (executive functions only)
• Environmental health
• Legal
• Trading standards
• Travellers

Front Line Services
Cllr Phil Filmer
• Parking
• Public transport
• Roads
• Street cleaning and waste collection/ recycling/waste disposal
• Traffic management
• Transport

Housing and Community Services
Cllr Howard Doe
• Adult learning
• Bereavement Services
• Disabled adaptations to housing
• Events and Festivals
• Green-spaces
• Heritage
• Homeless and housing options
• Housing allocations for social housing
• Housing Strategy
• Leisure services
• Libraries and Community Hubs
• Private sector housing
• Registration
• Sporting Legacy
• The development and management of the council’s housing stock
• Theatres and arts
• Tourism
• Voluntary sector

Strategic Development and Economic Growth
Cllr Jane Chitty
• Building and Development Control
• Community centres
• Economic development
• Europe
• Housing site allocations through the Local Development Framework
• Local Development Framework
• Planning
• Rural Strategy
• Social regeneration
• Sustainable Communities