A NEW-LOOK cabinet has been appointed by Oldham Council to lead the borough in 2015/16.
The top team includes changes to portfolios, roles and responsibilities along with important moves to reflect devolution to the Greater Manchester region.
Councillors Jim McMahon and Jean Stretton will continue as Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council respectively.
Cllr McMahon will lead the new ‘Economy and Enterprise’ portfolio which includes dealing with the City Region agenda, regeneration, enterprise and business support, capital projects and investments, corporate property/assets, Oldham Town Centre and markets, tourism and external relations.
Cllr Stretton takes on a new Health and Wellbeing brief with responsibility for Public Health and improvement and leading for Oldham on the devolution of significant new health powers and a £6bn budget to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
The line-up also sees Cllr Arooj Shah brought into Cabinet as the new portfolio holder for Performance and Corporate Governance with responsibility for important areas like customer service, communications and performance monitoring.
Cllr McMahon, Oldham Council Leader, said: “This new Cabinet sees some important but vital changes as we enter a period that will offer many great challenges – but also good opportunities – to Oldham.
“This team has a great mix of experience, talent, gender and ideas and will continue to lead on our key priorities like regeneration, job creation, supporting communities to prosper and improving health outcomes for all.
“In the next 12 months we know we will undoubtedly face further significant pressures on our budget: a challenge which we will again not shrink from.
“But we are also at an important stage where we will start to see delivery on key regeneration projects like the cinema and restaurants at the Old Town Hall, Parliament Square and the new Oldham Sports Centre.
“We’ve also taken a conscious decision to make Health and Wellbeing a portfolio in its own right given the significance of new powers and budget devolved to Greater Manchester.
“We intend to play a full part in these discussions and to maximise the benefits to Oldham residents.”
Meanwhile, Oldham Borough Liberal Democrats have reaffirmed the appointment of councillors Howard Sykes as their Leader and John McCann as their Deputy Leader.
The pair were re-elected unanimously and unopposed by the group, which is the opposition to the Labour-controlled Council.
The full Cabinet line-up for 2015/16 is:
Economy and Skills Cluster
Economy and Enterprise – Cllr Jim McMahon
(Deputy: Cllr Eddie Moores)
Education and Skills – Councillor Shoab Akhtar
(Deputy: Cllr Sean Fielding)
Health and Wellbeing Cluster
Social Care and Safeguarding – Cllr Jenny Harrison
(Deputy: Cllr Ginny Alexander)
Health and Wellbeing – Cllr Jean Stretton
(Deputy: Cllr Riaz Ahmad)
Neighbourhoods and Co-operatives Cluster
Neighbourhoods and Cooperatives – Cllr Barbara Brownridge
(Deputy: Cllr Sue Dearden)
Housing, Planning and Highways – Cllr Dave Hibbert
(Deputy: Cllr Fida Hussain)
Finance and HR – Cllr Abdul Jabbar
(Deputy: Amanda Chadderton)
Performance and Corporate Governance: Cllr Arooj Shah
(Deputy: Fazhul Haque)