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Suffolk County Council leader announces cabinet reshuffle

The leader of Suffolk County Council has announced changes to the councillors in his cabinet.

The reshuffle aims to create closer links between key policy areas and brings new ideas into the council’s cabinet.

In the reshuffle:

Suffolk County Council
Suffolk County Council
  • Cllr Mary Evans remains as deputy leader and moves into the role of cabinet member for children’s services, education and skills
  • Cllr Gordon Jones moves into the role of cabinet member for finance and resources
  • Cllr Andrew Reid joins the cabinet as cabinet member for highways, transport and rural affairs
  • Cllr Richard Smith leaves the cabinet after four-and-a-half years in the role
  • Cllr Nick Gowrley takes on additional responsibility for the county council’s property portfolio and assets, in addition to his responsibilities as cabinet member for economic development, housing and enterprise
  • Cllr Richard Rout takes on responsibility for the council’s policy on Sizewell C, in addition and linked to his role as cabinet member for environment and public protection.

All other cabinet positions remain the same and the changes come into force with immediate effect.

In addition to the cabinet changes, Cllr Karen Soons becomes chair of the pension fund committee, a position previously held by Cllr Andrew Reid.

Cllr Matthew Hicks, leader of Suffolk County Council, said: “I am confident my cabinet will continue to prioritise the needs of the people of Suffolk while making the difficult decisions that come with the role.

“It is important we refresh and revise the way in which we work so we can continue to challenge ourselves, expand our skill and expertise and improve what we do.

“I want to thank Richard Smith for his time as cabinet member for finance. He has made an outstanding contribution in ensuring we manage our finances in a measured, effective and prudent way and I know he will continue to make a difference to Suffolk residents.”

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