New Executive to be elected to lead Nottingham City Council in 2022

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Nottingham City Council will elect its new Executive team of councillors on Monday 9th May at the Annual General Meeting of City Council. From then, the following councillors will take up their responsibility:

  • Councillor David Mellen (Leader)
  • Councillor Adele Williams (Deputy Leader)
  • Councillor Sally Longford
  • Councillor Rebecca Langton
  • Councillor Linda Woodings
  • Councillor Pavlos Kotsonis
  • Councillor Toby Neal
  • Councillor Audra Wynter
  • Councillor Neghat Khan
  • Councillor Cheryl Barnard

As we head into the new civic year, Councillor Sally Longford, who was first elected as Deputy Leader in May 2019, has decided now is the right time to step down from her position as Deputy having spent three years overseeing the council’s governance arrangements as well pursuing Nottingham’s ambitious climate goals.

Cllr Longford said: “After three years as Deputy Leader I’ve decided to step down from this role. However, I will still be leading the council’s climate change, carbon reduction and sustainability efforts in my role as Portfolio Holder for this area.

“The role of Deputy Leader has at times been very challenging but rewarding, and it’s been a real privilege to have held such a key position for our great city. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the people who have supported me in these interesting times.”

Council Leader Cllr David Mellen said: “Sally has set Nottingham on an ambitious journey towards environmental sustainability and has been a loyal and dedicated Deputy since she was elected to the role in 2019. Despite standing down as Deputy Leader, I’m pleased that Sally will continue to drive forward improvements in air quality, sustainable energy, retro-fitting of social housing and biodiversity.”

The new Executive arrangements come into force on Monday 9th May at the Annual General Meeting of City Council and will see Councillor Adele Williams, who has overseen the council’s Adult Social Care agenda since 2019, take up the role of Deputy Leader. The remaining changes see Councillors Sam Webster, Rosemary Healy and Councillor Eunice Campbell-Clark stand down from the Executive. Sam was first elected to the Executive in 2015 and has overseen a range of services, including Education, Adult Social Care, City Centre Management and Finance. Eunice Campbell-Clark has previously served on the Executive from 2004 to 2012, having joined the Executive again in 2019. Eunice has been a passionate advocate for services to older people and has recently led the Leisure and Culture portfolio. Rosemary joined the Executive for the first time in 2021 overseeing Transport.

Council Leader David Mellen said: “Being elected to serve is an honour and Sally, Sam, Rosemary and Eunice have carried out their duties on my cabinet with pride and passion. Although Sam, Rosemary and Eunice have chosen to stand down from the Executive this year, I know that they will continue to dedicate their efforts to the residents in Castle, Mapperley and Bulwell Forest.”

Councillor Audra Wynter, who has chaired the council’s Audit Committee for the past two years, joins the Executive for the first time, alongside Councillor Pavlos Kotsonis, who has previously served as an Executive Assistant. Councillor Toby Neal also joins the Executive team having previously been on the Executive up until 2019 and has since been chair of the council’s Licensing Committee and Vice-Chair of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Authority.

The changes will be formally ratified on Monday 9th May at the annual meeting of City Council. Full list of responsibilities below:

Councillor David Mellen (Leader) Portfolio Holder for Strategic Regeneration and Communications

Councillor Adele Williams (Deputy Leader) Portfolio Holder for Finance

Councillor Sally LongfordPortfolio Holder for Energy, Environment and Waste Services

Councillor Rebecca LangtonPortfolio Holder for Skills, Growth and Economic Development

Councillor Linda WoodingsPortfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health

Councillor Pavlos Kotsonis Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Planning

Councillor Toby Neal Portfolio Holder for Housing and Human Resources

Councillor Audra Wynter Portfolio Holder for Highways, Transport and Parks

Councillor Neghat Khan Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, Safety and Inclusion

Councillor Cheryl Barnard Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People and Schools

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