Leader of the council and cabinet members

Councillor Martin Seaton

Cabinet Member for Jobs, Business and Town Centres

Cllr Seaton leads the council’s work with local businesses and our wider community to grow industries that can deliver more good jobs and give back to our borough and planet. Taking a Community Wealth Building approach that empowers local people to have more ownership over Southwark’s economy; from getting help to start a business, to spending more public money with local firms, to bringing more services under public control, to backing more cooperatives and social enterprises. All whilst working with employers and unions to ensure fair pay and good working conditions.

Cllr Seaton will be responsible for delivering our commitment to:

  • create 250 paid internships for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds 
  • create 2,000 apprenticeships and 3,000 training opportunities 
  • deliver free support to get a job for people who face the most barriers
  • create more career opportunities for local people
  • creating a new Southwark Living Wage Unit to tackle low pay
  • champion workers' rights and the benefits of trade union membership 
  • create 2,000 green jobs and open a new Green Skills Centre 
  • launch a new Thriving High Streets Fund 
  • establish a world class health innovation district
  • back Southwark residents to start more businesses, cooperatives and social enterprises 
  • keep more wealth within our community, ensuring the council and other big institutions in Southwark buy more goods and services locally

Cllr Seaton will have wider responsibility for:

  • local economic strategy 
  • town centres and highstreets 
  • Community Wealth Building
  • growing Southwark’s key industries such as; life sciences, green jobs, hospitality, cultural and construction 
  • support for local businesses, cooperatives and social enterprises
  • increasing employment, apprenticeships, internships and work experience
  • pre-employment programmes
  • 18 year old and care leavers’ employment, education and training (working with the Cabinet member for Children, Young People and Education)
  • supporting businesses to engage with schools and colleges (working with the Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education)
  • promoting equality and diversity in the private sector
  • affordable workspaces  
  • markets
  • relationship with Jobcentre Plus

Page last updated: 20 September 2022

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