18 May 2011

A refreshed cabinet team has been announced by the leader of Northamptonshire County Council to help drive forward a new era of public services in Northamptonshire.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Jim Harker has today announced a reshuffled set of cabinet portfolios which closely aligns to the proposed changes made to the structure of the council as it embarks on delivering services for an ever growing population while facing up to significant and ongoing reductions in government funding.

Cllr Harker’s team’s first public role will be at the Full Council Annual General Meeting taking place at County Hall on Thursday.

Cllr Harker said: “We are embarking on one of the most challenging periods for this organisation as we seek to find new inventive and efficient ways of delivering services for the county.

“The council is being reshaped to deliver this year's budget - the most challenging in our history. This will help reduce our management costs and deliver services in a more streamlined and effective way and this is now reflected in the changes made to my cabinet team.

“I have every confidence that my team will be able to move the organisation forward and not only deliver the very real changes we need now but also face up to the equally tough challenges we will face in the future.”

The Cabinet for 2011/12 will be:

Leader Councillor Jim Harker
Deputy Leader and Business Intelligence & Performance Councillor Joan Kirkbride
Community Services Councillor David Mackintosh
Customer Services
Councillor Heather Smith
Councillor Ben Smith
Finance Councillor Bill Parker
Health and Social Services Councillor Robin Brown
Learning, Skills and Education
Councillor Andrew Grant
Local Government Shared Services Councillor Andrew Langley
Transport and Infrastructure
Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage