Tuesday, May 15, 2018

"Mayor unveils first members of Cabinet" - New (ham) Kids on the block!

The last 8 years as a backbench Newham Councillor has been a fantastic experience and a real honour to serve my constituents. It has been "difficult" at times but I have enjoyed nearly all of it.

Yesterday evening it was officially confirmed that I have been appointed by our Directly Elected Mayor, Rokhsana Fiaz, to be the Cabinet member for Housing Services.

As a Councillor and someone who has worked in Social Housing for most of his adult life I know this will be a "challenging" position but I am absolutely delighted at the appointment and cannot wait to get stuck in.

Hat tip Newham Council Website 

"Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz has unveiled the first members of her Cabinet who will support her in ensuring that residents are “at the heart of everything Newham Council does”.

Mayor Fiaz said: “The people of Newham have put their trust in me for the next four years to work with them and for them on making things better for everyone. I am pleased to be able to announce the first members of a talented new Cabinet who have the vision and drive to help deliver the promises I made in my manifesto.”

The first appointments to the Cabinet are aligned to the priorities Mayor Fiaz was elected on. These include addressing the housing crisis by creating genuinely affordable homes at social rent levels, promoting youth safety, ensuring continued improvements in education, delivering regeneration that involves and benefits local people, and promoting financial transparency as well as stability.

The Mayor will be leading on the portfolio areas of Strategic Housing Delivery, Regeneration and Planning. Other appointments confirmed so far, with more to be announced in due course, are:
  • Councillor Charlene McLean – Deputy Mayor, Youth Safety Board and Corporate Parenting
  • Councillor Julianne Marriott – Education, Children and Young People 
  • Councillor John Gray – Housing Services
  • Councillor Terence Paul – Finance
The Mayor added: “The role of a councillor as a public servant is one that we should promote. I am looking forward to working collaboratively with my Cabinet colleagues and with all the elected members to listen to residents who will be at the heart of everything Newham Council does.

“We shall be doing things differently with a huge emphasis on transparency, accountability and with residents involved in the decision making process through public question times and citizen assemblies. I want people to feel more confident in the way the council works, to be able to have the conversations with us that shape our priorities, and be able to hold me, my Cabinet colleagues and councillors to account.”

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