The Cabinet

The Council appoints the Leader of the Council and the Leader then appoints a Cabinet (including a Deputy Leader). A Cabinet can consist of up to ten places and each individual Cabinet Member is designated specific areas of responsibility (their portfolio).  The Cabinet ordinarily makes decisions collectively but individual Cabinet Members also have decision-making powers. 


Cabinet Membership and Meeting Dates


The specific areas of responsibility for each portfolio are listed below


Portfolio Areas of responsibility Cabinet Member
Leader of the Council

Community Partnerships - Implementation

Council Policy and Strategic Finance

Council performance


Member Development

Consultation and Parish Liaison

Legal and Democratic Services


Councillor Steve Gallant



Assistant Cabinet Member

(Refugee Support):

Councillor Judy Cloke


Deputy Leader and

Economic Development

Economic Development


Growth and Skills

Enterprise Zones


Assets and property services


Councillor Craig Rivett



Assistant Cabinet Member

(Economic Development):

Councillor Steve Wiles


Communities, Leisure

and Tourism



Young People / Apprentices / Youth Council



Theatre and arts


Councillor Letitia Smith


Community Health

Health and wellbeing


Food and safety

Port Health

Health promotion / NHS

Emergency planning

Community Safety

Corporate Health and Safety


Councillor Mary Rudd



Assistant Cabinet Member

(Community Safety):

Councillor Mark Jepson


Customer Experience, ICT

and Commercial Partnerships

Customer experience

Customer access

Channel Shift


Commercial partnerships

IT and digital transformation


Councillor Stephen Burroughes



Housing Stock

Tenant Services

Building Services

Housing Development

Private Sector Housing




Councillor Richard Kerry


Planning and

Coastal Management

Development Management

Building Control

Local Plan

Conservation and Design

Planning Policy

Coastal Management

Coastal Partnership East


Councillor David Ritchie



Assistant Cabinet Member:

Councillor Tony Cooper



Value for Money

Financial Compliance and Planning

Medium Term Financial Strategy

Council Tax and Business Rates

Payables and Purchasing

Capital Programme

Treasury Management

External Audit

Welfare Reforms (Universal Credit)

Anglia Revenues Partnership (ARP)

Audit and Risk Management

Counter Fraud

Data Protection


Councillor Maurice Cook



Assistant Cabinet Member:

Councillor Edward Back






The Environment

Environment protection

Pollution control

Waste management

Joint Environmental Sustainability Policy

Green agenda

Countryside management

Environmental Partnerships


Councillor James Mallinder




Transport and infrastructure

Car Parks

Rights of Way

Councillor Norman Brooks



Assistant Cabinet Member:

Councillor Alison Cackett