Cllr Garry Hague was re-elected Leader of Thurrock Council on Wednesday (13 May) evening’s meeting of the Annual Council.
Cllr Hague, who said he came into politics “to make a difference for the local community”, later announced his Cabinet which was also backed by the Council.
There are two significant changes to Cabinet. In comes Cllr Rob Gledhill for the first time and Cllr Mike Revell returns to the Executive after a year’s absence. Cllr Steve Veryard has stepped down from his Environment post due to work pressures.
Cllr Hague, as Leader, keeps his Strategic Planning and Regeneration portfolio adding corporate strategy and corporate communications.
Deputy Leader, Cllr Amanda Arnold (pictured) also keeps her Adult Social Care portfolio, while Cllr Sue MacPherson stays on as Cabinet member for Children’s Services.
There is also no change for the Housing (Cllr Tunde Ojetola), Public Protection (Cllr Ben Maney), Highways and Transportation (Cllr Neil Rockliffe) and Community, Culture and Leisure (Cllr Joy Redsell) portfolios.
Cllr Barry Johnson, who was portfolio holder for Central Services, now takes on a newly created portfolio for Finance and Corporate Performance.
Cllr Gledhill takes on a new post as Cabinet member for Corporate Governance and Organisational Development, including legal services, democratic services and audit arrangements.
The Environment portfolio goes to Cllr Mike Revell, the Children’s Services post-holder until a year ago.
To see what Garry Hague had to say about the year ahead please watch the film titled The Year Ahead on this site