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The Cabinet

The Leader of the Council appoints a Cabinet selected from the elected councillors. The Cabinet meets approximately every 5 weeks. Find out the dates and times of the meetings.

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

"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."

Responsibilities:

  • Providing overall leadership and direction for the Council
  • Corporate strategy and policy development
  • Corporate strategy delivery
  • Corporate performance and risk management
  • Corporate communications - spokesperson for the Council
  • Oversight of key strategic projects:
    - Delivery of the MMDR
    - Delivery of the second GP Surgery and Health and Leisure Park for Melton
Growth and Prosperity (and Deputy Leader)

Councillor Leigh Higgins

Responsibilities:

  • Economic growth and inward investment
  • Inclusive growth, tackling economic inequality
  • Housing strategy
  • Capital regeneration projects
  • Town Centre management and regeneration (including car parks)
  • Infrastructure investment (including digital e.g. superfast broadband etc)
  • Council's representative on the Members' Advisory Group
  • Duty to co-operate and development of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) Strategic Growth Plan
  • Planning policy
  • Planning development services - oversight of Planning Services Review implementation
  • Corporate property and assets management and development - including utilisation of Council assets for homes for market sale and private rent
  • Development of Country Park and other open spaces
  • Tourism, events and place promotion
  • Culture and heritage
  • Council's representative on the Place Board
  • Building Control
  • Land Charges
Corporate Governance, Finance and Resources

Councillor Ronnie de Burle

Responsibilities:

  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Learning and Development
  • ICT Operations
  • Procurement
  • Commercialisation
  • Corporate security, counter terrorism and cyber crime
  • Debt management
  • Revenues
  • Corporate health and safety
  • Constitutional and Member development
    Data management, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Freedom of Information (FOI)
  • Legal Services
  • Governance
  • Chair of the Constitutional Review Working Group
Climate, Access and Engagement

Councillor Alison Freer

Responsibilities:

  • Democracy and Elections
  • Parish Council liaison
  • Website
  • Resident engagement
  • Community grants and community lottery
  • Embedding services within communities
  • Rural services
  • Customer access and accessibility (telephone and digital)
  • Equalities, diversity and inclusion
  • Waste and recycling services
  • Environmental Services (cleansing and maintenance)
  • Burial services
  • Council's representative on the BID Board
  • Climate change
  • Environmental protection and place based enforcement (including planning and licensing)
  • Environmental Health including private sector housing
  • Licensing
  • Lightbulb and Disabled Facilities Grants
Council Homes and Landlord Services

Councillor Ronan Browne

Responsibilities:

  • HRA Business Plan
  • Council housing assets maintenance and repairs
  • Landlord health and safety
  • Council housing tenancy management
  • Tenant engagement
  • Council house lettings
  • Council house rent and income
  • Use of Right to Buy receipts
  • New Council homes (acquisitions and development)
People and Communities

Councillor Malise Graham

Responsibilities:

  • Community safety and priority neighbourhoods
  • Homelessness and Housing Options
  • Support to vulnerable people: including older people and Lifeline services
  • Community cohesion
  • Complex case management
  • Inclusive growth - tackling deprivation and social inequality
  • Safeguarding
  • Wellbeing, physical activity and leisure centre contract management
  • Welfare and benefits
  • Armed Forces Covenant lead
Last updated 13 September 2021
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