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Cabinet changes to meet fresh challenges

Published Thursday, 10 May 2018

Coventry City Council’s Cabinet will have a slightly new look for the coming year.

Two of the 10 posts on the Cabinet will see new faces take charge as the ruling Labour group prepares for the “opportunities and challenges ahead”.

Current Cabinet Member for Community Development, Cllr Linda Bigham, is leaving her role to become Deputy Lord Mayor of the city for the coming year and Lord Mayor for 2019-20.

Her position will be filled by Cllr Ed Ruane, who will be moving from his post as Cabinet Member for Children and Young People.

Cllr Ruane’s portfolio will change slightly, with the title of his new role to be Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities.

The responsibility for the City Council’s work around UK City of Culture 2021 will now move from that area into that of Council Leader Cllr George Duggins.    

The new Cabinet Member for Children and Young People will be Cllr Pat Seaman, who has previously been Deputy Cabinet Member of the area and is currently a member of the Education and Children's Services Scrutiny Board.

Coventry City Council Leader Cllr Duggins said: “Linda and Ed have both done fantastic work for the city in their respective roles. Now Linda is to become Deputy Lord Mayor at a very important time for the city and we wish her well in that role.

“We are taking the opportunity to change her current post slightly and we know Ed will continue the good work in that area having dealt with housing in the past.

“With Pat taking on the important role of Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and joining our other experienced Cabinet members, we have a dedicated and talented team in place that is committed to providing quality governance and services to the people of Coventry.

“These are very exciting times for our city but also very tough times for local authorities, with Government cuts and shrinking budgets. These changes will make sure we are ready to face the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

All of the changes will come into effect at Coventry City Council’s Annual Meeting on Thursday 17 May 2018.

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