Council Leader announces new Cabinet for Telford and Wrekin

The leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, Councillor Shaun Davies, has announced his new cabinet which will be confirmed at the local authority’s Annual General Meeting next week.

Published on: 16 May 2024

The updated senior team includes changes to some roles and responsibilities and sees two existing cabinet members step back and two new members join. 

Councillor Shaun Davies, Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, said:

“The cabinet holds responsibility for the delivery of our key priorities, ensuring we continue to protect, care and invest to create a cleaner, greener and safer borough.

“On behalf of the council and the borough I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to Councillor Nathan England, who is stepping back from the cabinet but remaining a ward member for The Nedge to pursue further career opportunities outside of the council, and to Councillor Eileen Callear who is the Labour Group nominee for Deputy Mayor. Both Nathan and Eileen have brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to their respective areas of responsibility over the last twelve months.

“As leader of the council, I have taken this opportunity to review our cabinet, my eighth cabinet as leader. I am pleased to welcome Councillor Vickers and Councillor Hannington, who were both elected in 2023, to their new roles. Together, this cabinet brings a new focus, a new energy and a new perspective, reinforcing our continued commitment to the people of Telford and Wrekin, and I look forward to our annual general meeting when we can formally confirm these roles.”

The new cabinet will be confirmed at the council’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday 23 May 2024 at 6pm.

  • Councillor Richard Overton remains deputy leader
    With cabinet responsibility for homes, enforcement and customer services.

  • Councillor Lee Carter remains as cabinet member
    With cabinet responsibility for the economy, jobs and neighbourhood services. Representing Telford & Wrekin Council at the West Midlands Combined Authority, as well as being the cabinet lead for independent inquiry into Telford child sexual exploitation.

  • Councillor Zona Hannington joins the cabinet for the first time
    With cabinet responsibility for finance and governance, having been elected to represent the Lawley Ward in the May 2023 local election, with a professional background in financial services.

  • Councillor Carolyn Healy remains as cabinet member
    With cabinet responsibility for climate action, the environment, heritage and visitor economy, as well as continuing to lead the council’s commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030.

  • Councillor Raj Mehta remains as cabinet member
    With cabinet responsibility for inclusion, engagement, equalities and civic pride, as well as cabinet responsibility for the armed forces covenant.

  • Councillor Kelly Middleton remains cabinet member
    With cabinet responsibility for healthy, safer and stronger communities, as well as cabinet lead on domestic abuse.

  • Councillor Shirley Reynolds remains cabinet member
    With cabinet responsibility for early years, children and young people and education.

  • Councillor Paul Watling remains cabinet member
    With cabinet responsibility for adult social care and health systems.

  • Councillor Ollie Vickers joins the cabinet
    With cabinet responsibility for leisure and partnerships, having been elected to represent the Donnington Ward in the May 2023 local election.