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Cornwall Council Leader announces membership of new Cabinet.

Cornwall Council Leader Adam Paynter has today formally confirmed the members of the authority’s new Cabinet and the allocation of the individual portfolios.

The membership of the Cabinet, which reflects the alliance between the Independent and Liberal Democrat Groups to form the new administration, comprises five Liberal Democrats and five Independents.

The five Liberal Democrat councillors nominated to the Cabinet and their portfolio areas are:

Adam Paynter :(Launceston North and North Petherwin) – Leader
Rob Rotchell : (Camelford) – Adults
Geoff Brown : (Newquay Central) – Transport
Edwina Hannaford : (Looe West, Lansallos and Lanteglos) – Neighbourhoods
Sue James : (St Just in Penwith) – Environment and Public Protection.

The five Independent councillors nominated to the Cabinet are :

Julian German :(Roseland) – Deputy Leader and Resources
Andrew Mitchell : (St Ives West) – Homes
Mike Eathorne Gibbons :(Ladock, St Clement and St Erme) – Customers
Bob Egerton : (Probus, Tregony and Grampound) – Planning and Economy
Sally Hawken : (Liskeard East) – Children and Wellbeing

‘I am delighted to announce the Members of the Cabinet and the portfolios they will hold which reflect the balance of our priorities“ said Council Leader Adam Paynter. “The majority of the Cabinet are new to the role and will bring new ideas to the table.

“There is also a good spread geographically with councillors from across the duchy from Launceston and Liskeard in the East to St Just in the far West. “

Deputy Leader Julian German said “ I am pleased that we have formed a talented Cabinet to take Cornwall Council forward in the best interests of the residents of Cornwall”.

Adam Paynter
Leadership of the Council; Strategy; Devolution from London to Cornwall; Brexit; Safeguarding; Chair of Health and Wellbeing Board; Communications and Reputation; Resident engagement

Julian German
Medium Term Financial Strategy; Resources; Business Rates; Pensions; Fees and Charges; equalities and diversity; Human Resources and Organisational Development; shared services with other councils.

Mike Eathorne Gibbons
Customer services; Partnerships(third sector, public and private); Governance and Assurance; Information Technology and Digital Services; Civic functions; Property and Asset Management; Corporate procurement; Risk Management, Insurance; Audit; Leisure; Cornwall Sports Partnership

Sally Hawken
Children’s social care; children’s safeguarding; early intervention services for vulnerable children; early years, Education; Special Educational Needs; child poverty; youth offending, youth services, Public Health

Rob Rotchell
Health and Social Care integration; Social Care services for Adults; Prevention and Wellbeing services; Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding

Edwina Hannaford
Registrars; Library services; Events and Licensing; Community Networks and Localism; Devolution to Town and Parish Councils and community groups; Gypsy and Travellers.

Sue James
Waste; Street cleaning; Waterways, Beaches and Flood Resilience; Country Parks, parks and open spaces; cemeteries and crematoria; Historic Environment; Allotments and County Farms; Maritime Services; Fire and Rescue services, Community Safety; Emergency Planning; Public Protection and Enforcement services (Environmental Health, Trading Standards etc ) , Local Nature Partnership (LNP) Board Member

Bob Egerton
Cornwall Local Plan and planning guidance; Neighbourhood Plans; Development Control Service and Planning enforcement; Land Registry and Street Naming; Regeneration; Economic Growth and Development including Cultural Strategy; Skills Agenda and relationships with Universities; Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP ) Board Member

Andrew Mitchell
Housing; Social Housing; Homelessness; Welfare Reform

Geoff Brown
Local Transport Strategy; Roads and Pavements; Street Lighting; Public Transport; Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry; Parking Strategy; Cornwall Airport Newquay

Please see below information on the Members of the Cabinet:

Adam Paynter – Cornwall Councillor for the Launceston North and North Petherwin electoral division (Liberal Democrat)

Adam has been a Member of the Council since its inception in 2009 and prior to this was a member of the former Cornwall County Council for eight years. He has held many positions in the Council, including the Cabinet Member for Environment and Heritage and the Shadow Cabinet Member for public protection. Most recently he was the Deputy Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Resources in the previous administration. Adam studied agriculture at degree level and works on his family’s farm, whilst also diversifying the farm into renewable energy ventures. He lives with his wife and two children. He enjoys many sports, both playing and watching. He is a keen festival attender and attends both Glastonbury and Reading music festivals volunteering for a medical charity.

Julian German, Cornwall Councillor for the Roseland (Independent).

A Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh, Julian is from a private sector background with an MSc from Edinburgh and a BA Hons from Hull. Julian is a longstanding Cornwall Councillor having served on the Cabinet since 2009 in the following portfolios; Environment, Climate Change and Waste Management, Localism, Sustainability and Devolution, Economy and Culture.

Rob Rotchell – Cornwall Councillor, Camelford Division (Liberal Democrat)

I have lived in Camelford since 1999 and my background is in Healthcare. I spent most of my career in the NHS becoming Chief Nursing Officer for West Dorset and Deputy Chief Executive in two NHS Trusts. After I left the NHS I managed a group of Care Homes in Devon and Cornwall. I have been a Town Councillor for ten years and have been Mayor of Camelford on two occasions. I was elected as a Cornwall Councillor in 2013 and spent a year as Chairman of the Finance PAC and latterly Chairman of the Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee.” I am delighted and privileged to have been selected to sit on Cornwall Council’s Cabinet and be the Portfolio Holder for Adult Care. I look forward to working with the Council’s excellent team and facing the challenges ahead.”

Bob Egerton Cornwall Councillor, Probus, Tregony and Grampound Division (Independent)

Bob started his career working in a multinational company in London. He then ran his own printing business in Plymouth for 13 years before joining Truro College Business Centre as a business adviser and business trainer. He stepped down from that role shortly before being elected to Cornwall Council for the first time in 2009. “I am pleased to be joining the Cabinet and taking on responsibility for planning and economics. These are important areas for the Council and for all of Cornwall. I look forward to making a positive contribution, working closely with my Cabinet colleagues and other stakeholders.”

Mike Eathorne-Gibbons, Cornwall Councillor for Ladock, St Clement and St Erme. (Independent)Eathorne-Gibbons Mike

“I am delighted to be appointed to the Cabinet with responsibility for Customers. This covers a number of functions including Partnerships, Property, and Procurement, plus oversight of the Council’s stand-alone Company CORSERV. I will be able to use my experience of small and large business and “put the customer first”.

Geoff Brown Cornwall Councillor for Newquay Central (Liberal Democrat).

Geoff has been proud to serve as a Lib Dem councillor for Newquay since 2007 and was previously Cabinet Member for Communities, leading a nationally recognised “great fire service”. Newquay born and married to Chris for 42 years, with 7 children, he knows the challenges that families face. A former headteacher and totally committed to doing his best for the people of Cornwall. A former Westcountry TV “Man of the Year” for his charity work. Geoff led the local Cliff Rescue team for 25 years and was twice awarded the Chief Coastguard’s Commendation. He has been with the Newquay Lifeboat for over 20 years and together with his wife, they were recognised for their work on educating young people to the dangers of alcohol and sea safety. “I am delighted to be taking on the Transport portfolio and will strive to deliver an integrated transport system, maintain our roads and make car parks work better for local communities. All this against a decreasing budget, but with the support of a dedicated team of officers we are clearly up for the challenge.”

Sue James Cornwall Councillor for St Just in Penwith ( Liberal Democrat)

I am proudly Cornish-by-marriage but have spent most my adult working life outside of Cornwall living near Woking in Surrey, Tavistock in Devon and in South Gloucestershire. I have a Criminal Justice background although in Cornwall I was self employed as a driving instructor and did serious incident investigation work for Cornwall Council and Cornwall Foundation NHS Trust. I have been a Cornwall Councillor since 2013, for the St Just-in-Penwith division and in the last administration was Vice Chair of both Pensions Committee and the Housing and Environment PAC. Previously, I served on St Just Town Council from 2007 and was Town Mayor from 2012 – 2013. “I was really proud to be re-elected to represent the people of St Just in May and now am excited that I’ve been asked to take a place in the Cabinet as portfolio holder for Environment and Public Protection. Having spent two days with my Cabinet Colleagues I am confident we all have the same goal to serve the people of Cornwall well and feel we will become an effective team.”

Sally Hawken – Cornwall Councillor for Liskeard East – (Independent )

I was a secondary school teacher for over ten years, mostly in Cornwall and then worked within Children’s Services at Cornwall (County) Council supporting schools to meet the needs of vulnerable families. After redundancy I project managed a Department for Education Child Poverty Pilot in Plymouth. Since becoming a Cornwall Councillor four years ago, I’ve focused on Young People as Vice Chair of the Young People’s PAC and sitting on the Family Placement Panel. “ I’m honoured to be chosen for this role and will do my best to stand up for the needs & aspirations of young people in Cornwall.”

Edwina Hannaford – Cornwall Councillor for Looe West, Lansallos and Lanteglos ( Liberal Democrat)Hannaford Edwina

Edwina has been a Councillor since 2003. Edwina’s background is in bottom up community planning and running small businesses including graphic design, marketing, event management and holiday accommodation. Edwina said, “I am delighted to be appointed to the localism and devolution portfolio. The vibrancy and future sustainability of our towns and villages is very important, they are the backbone of Cornwall. Different communities have different needs – what works in Penzance won’t necessarily work in Polperro. Town and parish Councils and community groups work tirelessly to represent their local community, providing services to meet local need and working to improve the quality of life and well-being of that community. I am looking forward to working with our communities in partnership, to find the best ways of delivering services that meet the needs of that community.”

Andrew Mitchell – Cornwall Councillor for St. Ives West (Independent)

He has previously served on the Cabinet of Cornwall County Council as member for Economy (2005-2009). Andrew said “I am extremely excited over my new role as Cabinet member for Homes. It was my belief in the need to correct the mismatch of housing provision and the unaffordability to local people that took me in to local politics in the first place”. He continued “Not only is it my intention to keep the issue of housing at the top of the council’s agenda and build upon the successes our staff have already delivered, but to review how Cornwall Council delivers for the people of Kernow and asses new ways of addressing the problems being faced”.

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