Melton Borough Council

The Cabinet

The Leader of the Council appoints a Cabinet selected from the elected councillors.  The Cabinet meets approximately every 5 weeks.  The dates and times of the meetings are detailed on the here.

The Cabinet makes key decisions which are detailed in the Forward Plan.  The Cabinet considers reports from the Scrutiny Committee and all policy & budgetary framework documents. 

The agenda is available 5 clear days before the meeting on the website or from the Council Offices.  The decisions are also published and are available 2 working days after the meeting on the website or at the Parkside offices.

Leader of the Council:

Councillor Joe Orson

Joe Orson


"As well as providing overall leadership and direction for the Council, I also have specific responsibility for key areas of the Council's corporate services including delivery of the Corporate Plan and the Melton Mowbray Distributor Road (MMDR) in conjunction with our partner, the Leicestershire County Council.   These are momentous times for the Borough and my ultimate aim is to improve the day to day experience of people living, working and visiting the Borough and the promise of the road is an achievement that we are going to make a reality before the end of this Council term.  I am looking forward to working with Cabinet Members and Senior Officers to achieve these aims.

I would also like to pay tribute to the importance of all the other Council Members who will be keeping a check on the Cabinet's decisions and taking part in the routine committee work such as determining planning and licensing applications, monitoring the Council's financial arrangements and ensuring the good governance of the Council."


  • Providing overall Leadership and direction for the Council

  • Corporate Strategy and Policy Development

  • Corporate Plan delivery

  • Corporate Performance

  • Risk management

  • Corporate Communications - spokesperson for the Council

  • Delivery of the MMDR


Growth and prosperity (and Deputy Leader)

Councillor Leigh Higgins

leigh higgins



  • Town Centre including car parks
  • Economic Growth and Inward Investment
  • Major Developments (inc utilisation of council assets)
  • Housing Delivery (council and private sector)
  • Infrastructure (inc digital infrastructure)
  • Planning Policy
  • Tourism, Events and Place Promotion
  • Melton Place Board representative
  • Culture and Heritage
  • Capital Projects and Regeneration inc new leisure facilities for Melton
  • Performance of Development Management Services - oversight of Planning Services Review
  • Conservation and Sustainability
  • Development of Country Park and other open spaces
  • Building Control
  • Land Charges
  • Inclusive Growth - tackling economic inequality  

Corporate Finance and Resources

Councillor Ronnie de Burle

Ronnie de Burle


"I am delighted to be taking up this role as the cabinet Member for Corporate Finance and Resources as I have a strong background and interest in financially related matters. Since beng elected to the Council I have always taken an active interst in strategic budgetary planning and ther fore feel this portfolio remit fitss with the knowledge and skills I have built upon during that time.  With less and less funding coming from central government, the Council has to become more commercial to survive and must look for innovative ways to manage its limited resources.  Therefore I will be working closely with my colleagues on the Cabinet and senior officers to identify and follow through on balancing the Council's budget and achieving the best possible services over the next 12 months."


  • Finance
  • Debt Management
  • Human Resources
  • Corporate Health and Safety
  • Learning and Development
  • ICT Operations
  • Procurement
  • Commercialisation
  • Corporate Property and Assets

Climate, Access and Engagement  

Alison Freer-Jones

Alison freer-jones



  • Governance and Democratic Services
  • Parish Council liaison & Rural Communities
  • Customer access, website and telephony experience
  • Equalities and accessibility
  • Community grants and community lottery
  • Legal
  • Data Management, GDPR and FOIs
  • Electoral Services
  • Member Development Champion
  • Environmental protection and place based enforcement (including planning and licensing)
  • Environmental Health (including Private Sector Housing)
  • Licensing
  • Lightbulb and Disabled Facilities Grants Housing and Communities
  • Climate Change


Housing and Communities  

Alan Pearson

Alan Pearson



  • Council housing assets maintenance and repairs
  • Landlord health and safety
  • Council housing tenancy management
  • Council house lettings
  • Homelessness and Housing Options
  • HRA Business Plan
  • Community Safety and Priority Neighbourhoods
  • Inclusive Growth - tackling inequality
  • Support to vulnerable people; including older people and Lifeline services
  • Complex Case Management
  • Inclusive Growth - tackling social inequality
  • Safeguarding
  • Well-being, physical activity and leisure centre contract management
  • Revenues and Benefits
  • Environmental Services (cleansing and maintenance)
  • Burial Services
  • Waste Services