Staffordshire County Council has appointed Alan White as its new leader.
The Conservative Councillor for Lichfield Rural East was first elected to the authority in 2009 and served as Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing since 2017.
The changes follow this week’s announcement that Philip Atkins was standing down as leader after 11 years in charge of the county council and 16 years leading the Conservative Group. Philip has transformed both the way Staffordshire county council works and also the abilities of the Conservative group to not only be a strong solid group but also a political team across Staffordshire
One of Alan White's first action was to reduce number of cabinet members from 13 members to 10.
"Philip will be a tough act to follow and I thank him for all he has done for us as a council and for the county of Staffordshire.
We face some challenges ahead, the like of which we have never seen in our lifetime. Covid-19, Brexit and climate change to name but three.
I am sure that through our energy, innovation and passion, the county council will play a leading role in finding the solutions to the challenges ahead.
Through the coronavirus pandemic we have seen our communities, businesses and partners unite to protect the most vulnerable and halt the spread of infection.
We must ensure that the connections we have forged through the crisis continue as we lead the recovery and beyond. We must stay connected with the people we serve, to look after those who depend on us and work together to bring better prospects and prosperity for all.”
Staffordshire County Councils new cabinet
Four new members will join the county council cabinet: Johnny McMahon, David Williams, Victoria Wilson and Julia Jessel. The full list of cabinet members and portfolios is:
- Leader of the Council - Alan White
- Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills - Philip White
- Health, Care and Wellbeing - Johnny McMahon
- Cabinet Support Member for Adult Safeguarding - Gill Burnett
- Finance - Mike Sutherland
- Highways and Transport - David Williams
- Children and Young People - Mark Sutton
- Education (and SEND) - Jonathan Price
- Commercial Matters - Mark Deaville
- Communities and Culture - Victoria Wilson
- Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change - Julia Jessel