Cabinet portfolios

23 May 2018

Councillor Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council, has been re-elected as Leader and has chosen his new cabinet and their responsibilities.

Councillor John said: “It’s a great honour to have been re-elected to serve as Southwark’s Leader and I’m delighted to be supported by such an excellent and diverse new Cabinet, who will deliver on our priorities of building new homes, improving our environment, and embedding links with all of our communities so that all of our residents can benefit from the opportunities that are being created in our borough.”

Cabinet Portfolios 2018/19

Leader of the CouncilCllr Peter John OBE

To provide leadership of the council, by setting the strategic direction and key priorities and representing the council in the community and in negotiations with regional and national organisations. 

The leader will appoint the deputy leader and other members of the cabinet and has the discretion to change cabinet member portfolios during the year. 

In the absence of a cabinet member the leader will have responsibility for all relevant matters within the remit of the cabinet.

The leader will have particular responsibility for:

  • performance management of the cabinet;
  • communications, campaigns and public affairs;
  • strategic partnerships and relationships with government, City Hall and the Mayor of London;
  • legal services;
  • electoral registration;
  • emergency planning and business continuity;
  • constitutional services.

Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Equalities and CommunitiesCllr Rebecca Lury

To deputise for the Leader of the Council in his absence by representing the borough at external events, within the council and when necessary chairing cabinet.

To improve the council’s engagement with all Southwark’s communities, especially those who are hardest to reach.  To be responsible for strengthening the voluntary and community sector, supporting volunteering across the borough.  

To promote leisure and sport in the borough and increase the quality of the borough’s parks and green spaces.  With the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Health increase physical activity and resident use of all our park and leisure spaces.

To champion equality and diversity across the borough and be a champion for Southwark’s varied and diverse communities.

The cabinet member will have particular responsibility for:

  • strengthening and working with Southwark’s voluntary and community sector;
  • community councils and community engagement;
  • relationships with faith communities;
  • Southwark diversity standard;
  • equalities and equal opportunities;
  • volunteering and volunteer champions;
  • civic issues;
  • cultural strategy;
  • libraries;
  • events;
  • free theatre visits for primary children;
  • working with organisations in the borough’s thriving culture communities;
  • increasing access to arts and culture including for vulnerable groups;
  • parks;
  • trees;
  • biodiversity;
  • performance of the council’s leisure contractor;
  • leisure investment;
  • working with grassroots leisure communities;
  • play and leisure activities for young people;
  • swimming and gym use;
  • working with grassroots sport communities;
  • promoting sport and increasing physical activity;
  • youth centres

Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public HealthCllr Evelyn Akoto

To deliver a safer Southwark through oversight of council initiatives and services concerned with community safety including tackling anti-social behaviour and violence against women and girls.  To lead joint work with the police and other community safety partners.

Working with the Safeguarding Children’s Board and the Safeguarding Adults Board and community safety partners, to lead the council’s work on youth violence including knife and gun crime and to deliver the Positive Futures Fund to support opportunities for young people in borough.

To lead public health work across Cabinet, including Cabinet Members for Housing Management and Modernisation with regards homelessness, Environment, Transport Management and Air Quality with regards cycling, walking, and air quality), Finance, Performance and Brexit with regards alcohol control zones and licensing policy and Social Regeneration, Great Estates and New Council Homes with regards social regeneration and healthier high streets).

To lead the council’s public health work and our partnership with the NHS.  To reduce health inequality in the borough including to tackle HIV, drug and alcohol services and mental health issues.  To work with the Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Equalities and Communities to increase physical activity and fitness.

The cabinet member will have particular responsibility for:

  • crime and drugs strategy and violent crime;
  • Southwark anti-social behaviour unit;
  • CCTV and other safety measures in public places;
  • the community warden service;
  • noise nuisance;
  • domestic violence strategy (working with the Cabinet Member for Housing Management and Modernisation);
  • knife and gun crime;
  • radicalisation and extremism;
  • youth violence;
  • Positive futures fund;
  • violence against women and girls strategy;
  • women’s safety charter;
  • HIV;
  • sexual health services;
  • drug and alcohol services;
  • adult mental health and mental health first aiders;
  • the council’s public health role;
  • the council’s relationship with the NHS;
  • local health services;
  • reducing teenage conception rates.

Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Adult CareCllr Jasmine Ali

To  safeguard children and adults in Southwark and lead policies to support them.  To assume the statutory role of lead member for children’s services in accordance with the guidance produced by the Department for Education (DfE), including responsibility for children's social care and early years, the inclusion agenda, and work to implement the children and young people's plan. The portfolio holder will hold political accountability and exercise leadership over all areas included in DfE guidance.  To lead our work with academies and other education providers to improve standards in every school in the borough so that no child is left behind.  

To safeguard the needs of vulnerable adults, the provision of personal social services, services to older people, services to people with disabilities.  To work with the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Health to improve services for those with HIV/AIDS, drug and alcohol problems or mental health needs.  The cabinet member will work closely with the Cabinet Member for Housing Management and Modernisation with regard to the housing needs of vulnerable adults.

The cabinet member will have particular responsibility for:

  • housing needs of vulnerable adults
  • adult social care, including personalisation;
  • Southwark an age friendly borough;
  • accessible travel including the Freedom Pass;
  • older people and pensioner poverty;
  • ethical care and improving the quality of homecare;
  • disability and supporting vulnerable people;
  • residential care charter;
  • people with disabilities;
  • supporting people with mental health needs;
  • youth offending;
  • universal services for people children and young people;
  • early intervention;
  • child protection, safeguarding and specialist services for most vulnerable children, young people and their families;
  • raising the quality of children’s services;
  • school place provision and admissions;
  • raising school standards including by multi-academy trusts and other education providers;
  • expanding affordable childcare and nurseries;
  • free healthy school meals, school meals in nurseries and free fruit in schools;
  • the youth fund;
  • corporate parenting including fostering and adoption;
  • children and family centres
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Integration of health and social care.

Cabinet Member for Housing Management and ModernisationCllr Stephanie Cryan

To be responsible for the housing portfolio, including housing management, community housing services, homelessness and sheltered housing, housing allocations, the housing investment programme and leasehold management. To work closely with the Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Adult Care regarding the housing needs of vulnerable adults and to work closely with the Leader and with the Cabinet Member for Social Regeneration, Great Estates and New Council Homes with regard to delivering the long-term housing stock strategy, 11,000 new council homes and more at London Living Rent.

To deliver the council’s corporate modernisation programme to transform the way it works – to secure savings, improve customer services and deliver value for money for local residents and businesses. To ensure excellence in customer service for our residents.  

The cabinet member will have particular responsibility for:

  • delivering the long-term housing stock strategy;
  • relationships with tenants and residents associations;
  • housing asset strategy including delivering a quality kitchen and bathroom for every council tenant;
  • meeting tenant and leaseholder expectations of major works contracts;
  • housing services;
  • housing allocations;
  • community housing including homelessness and sheltered housing;
  • housing repairs, and working with the Cabinet Member for Finance, Performance and Brexit to bring services in-house;
  • engaging with council tenants and leaseholders (with the Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Equalities and Communities);
  • My Southwark Homeowners Service;
  • rehousing arrangements as part of major regeneration projects;
  • quality of estate environment including repairs, cleaning and pest control (with Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport Management and Air Quality);
  • lettings policy and policy on illegal subletting and estate security;
  • voids turnaround;
  • the Ledbury Estate;
  • corporate IT;
  • customer services – including face to face, telephone and digital services;
  • human resources;
  • shared services, service delivery modernisation;
  • developing and delivering a more efficient, effective and sustainable council;
  • facilities management.

Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport Management and Air QualityCllr Richard Livingstone

To continue to improve the borough’s environment and our contribution to a greener city and a greener planet.  To champion sustainability, including having responsibility for waste management, increasing recycling and reducing waste to landfill. To improve air quality, particularly around schools and continue reducing the borough’s carbon emissions.  Increase the use of green energy including with South East London Combined Heat and Power (SELCHP).

To be responsible for street scene and highway infrastructure, traffic management and parking enforcement. To ensure that the borough’s streets are clean, and increase the number of people who use them on foot or by bike, making cycling genuinely accessible to all.  

The cabinet member will have particular responsibility for:

  • cycling and walking strategy;
  • air quality;
  • sustainable energy;
  • electric cars and charging;
  • ending single use plastics;
  • markets and business space;
  • street cleaning including litter and dog fouling;
  • fly-tipping
  • recycling and landfill;
  • refuse collection;
  • commercial waste;
  • estate cleaning (working with the Cabinet Member for Housing Management and Modernisation and the Cabinet Member for Social Regeneration, Great Estates and New Homes)
  • carbon reduction and climate change;
  • green energy;
  • cemeteries and crematorium services;
  • marinas and internal waterways;
  • flooding and flood defences;
  • roads and road safety;
  • parking;
  • street scene:
  • Cleaner, Greener, Safer programme;
  • greener healthier travel to school;
  • working with TfL to improve local bus, bike and other surface transport.

Cabinet Member for Finance, Performance and BrexitCllr Victoria Mills

To ensure sound business planning and financial probity within the council, including the medium term resource strategy and all financial management of the general fund, the housing revenue account, the capital programme and the management of capital receipts. To keep council tax low by delivering value for money across all our high quality services.

The portfolio holder will be responsible for oversight of the development and implementation of the council’s budget and be responsible for performance management across the council.  To lead the integration of the council’s budget and Fairer Future Plan.   enabling the council to deliver on the cabinet’s priorities and to cope with financial constraints, together with its partners.

To lead the council’s work on regulated services including improving the quality of private rented homes, licensing and trading standards. To develop opportunities for greater commercialisation of council services.  

To lead the council’s response to Brexit, ensuring that the council is prepared and able to continue to deliver its fairer future programme after Brexit.  To work with the Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Equalities and Communities to support EU residents in Southwark with the effects of Brexit.

The cabinet member will have particular responsibility for:

  • medium term resource strategy and all financial management of the general fund, the housing revenue account, the capital programme and the management of capital receipts;
  • capital investment in schools;
  • performance management across the council;
  • Integration of performance and budget planning;
  • council tax and business rate collection;
  • corporate procurement, corporate debt strategy, income management and audit & risk management and anti-fraud;
  • property and asset management strategy including acquisitions and disposal;
  • the Fairer Future Plan, performance management;
  • no recourse to public funds;
  • affordable childcare loans;
  • commercialisation and traded services including bringing the repairs service in-house;
  • licensing and standards of private rented sector landlords;
  • Southwark Renters Union;
  • Southwark Gold Standard;
  • licensing policy;
  • environmental health;
  • public spaces protection orders;
  • trading standards;
  • regulated services;
  • preparing the council and community for Brexit;
  • council’s response to welfare reform.

Cabinet Member for Social Regeneration, Great Estates and New Council HomesCllr Leo Pollak 

To deliver regeneration and new homes which benefits our communities. Establish a Southwark Construction Company to ensure that the council builds more of their own homes, delivering jobs to local people.  To facilitate the sustainable regeneration of Southwark’s communities in partnership with local residents and businesses. To deliver the council’s commitment of 11,000 new council homes and 1,000 more at London Living rent.

The cabinet member will lead the council’s work on improving our high streets, business space and new shops. To ensure that our regeneration delivers not just new homes for local people, but social change and improvement for Southwark residents. To ensure that the wider social aspects of regeneration benefit local communities.

To improve Southwark’s housing with the Great Estate Guarantee, and working with the Cabinet Member for Housing Management and Modernisation give local residents the tools they need to improve their own estates.  

The cabinet member will have particular responsibility for:

  • reform of right to buy
  • social regeneration;
  • high street planning and making high streets healthier;
  • building more homes of every kind including 11,000 new council homes;
  • 1,000 more homes at London Living Rent;
  • Southwark Construction Company and construction jobs;
  • Great Estates Guarantee;
  • Supporting residents to improve their estates.

Cabinet Member for Growth, Development and PlanningCllr Johnson Situ

To deliver regeneration which benefits our communities. To facilitate the sustainable regeneration of Southwark’s communities in partnership with local residents and businesses. To work closely with the Cabinet Member for Social Regeneration, Great Estates and New Council Homes to ensure that our regeneration delivers not just new homes for local people, but also improves access to quality local services for Southwark residents. Working with the Cabinet Member for Social Regeneration, Great Estates and New Homes to improve consultation and resident communication, and the council’s approach to planning.

To lead on our consultation and communication with the community around regeneration ensuring that their views shape every aspect of our work. 

To lead on the delivery of strategic transport projects necessary for the delivery of regeneration in the borough such as the delivery of the Bakerloo Line.

The cabinet member will have particular responsibility for:

  • the council’s relationship with Transport for London;
  • regeneration in the borough - all aspects of development control and planning in Rotherhithe, Bermondsey, Borough & Bankside and Walworth, Camberwell, Peckham, Nunhead and Dulwich;
  • Walworth Town Hall
  • new GP surgeries, libraries and community facilities;
  • community infrastructure levy and local decision making on allocation
  • allocation of section 106;
  • development of the local development framework;
  • planning policy and the council’s approach to planning;
  • planning performance;
  • estate ballots;
  • strategic transport planning;
  • Bakerloo Line extension;
  • Old Kent Road area action plan;
  • consultation charter including regeneration consultations and resident communication;
  • London living wage zones.

Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and InnovationCllr Kieron Williams

To promote business growth and employment, including helping Southwark residents into 5,000 jobs and 2,500 apprenticeships. Work with the Cabinet Member for Social Regeneration, Great Estates and New Council Homes to ensure that Southwark’s employers and job-seekers get a good deal out of development. To work with local employers to improve working standards, pay and conditions.  

Working with the Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Adult Care, lead the council’s work helping young people prepare for work, including care leavers, further education, paid internships and the employment education and training guarantee.  The Cabinet Member will lead the council’s drive to increase access to English, maths and digital skills training and supporting people to progress into better quality jobs.

The cabinet member will have particular responsibility for:

  • economic development and employment;
  • employment and enterprise support;
  • apprenticeships;
  • Innovation fund;
  • 18 year old employment, education and training guarantee;
  • Education, employment or training for care leavers;
  • promoting fair pay and the London Living Wage;
  • good work standard;
  • closing the gender pay gap;
  • business engagement;
  • Southwark Business Forum;
  • business improvement districts;
  • better business space;
  • affordable workspace;
  • further education (16-18);
  • adult learning, post-18 further and higher education and training;
  • Southwark Scholars;
  • paid internships;
  • digital strategy;
  • improving broadband access across the borough;
  • Fairtrade;
  • the council’s relationship with Jobcentre Plus.

Deputy Cabinet Members 2018/19

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