Following the election on 3 May, the Labour Group is the largest party and will again form Oxford City Council’s governing administration with Cllr Susan Brown continuing as Leader.
Membership of the City Council's Executive Board, or cabinet, has been confirmed following elections within the Labour Group and portfolios assigned by the Leader. The Executive’s role is to recommend policy and the Budget to full Council.
The Executive portfolios are:
Councillor Susan Brown, Leader - Economic Development and Partnership
Leading Council support for inclusive economic growth and involvement in key Oxfordshire partnerships
Councillor Linda Smith, Deputy Leader (Statutory) - Leisure and Housing
Tackling homelessness, improving the private rented sector and overseeing Fusion Lifestyle management of Oxford’s leisure centres
Councillor Ed Turner, Deputy Leader - Finance and Asset Management
Overseeing the Council’s finances, investments and management of land and other assets
Councillor Nigel Chapman - Customer Focused Services
Ensuring the efficient and effective delivery of Council services to residents and businesses and the continued success of the wholly-owned Oxford Direct Services Ltd
Councillor Mary Clarkson - Culture and City Centre
Ensuring a vibrant city centre attractive for all residents and visitors, including improvements to the Covered Market
Councillor Tom Hayes - Safer, Greener, Environment
Taking action with key partners to provide safer and more environmentally sustainable communities
Councillor Alex Hollingsworth - Planning and Transport
Planning for the future to secure more housing and better transport for Oxford and working with road and rail partners on infrastructure delivery
Councillor Mike Rowley - Housing
Overseeing the management of Council housing, ensuring the delivery of more affordable housing and building better homes through the wholly-owned Oxford City Housing Ltd
Councillor Marie Tidball - Supporting Local Communities
Championing community cohesion and diversity, supporting social and financial inclusion and helping meet the needs of young people across the city
Councillor Louise Upton - Healthy Oxford
Creating a healthy community with greater participation in sports, cycling and use of the Council’s parks and open spaces for active pursuits
Cllr Susan Brown, Leader of the Council, said: "Under Labour’s leadership, Oxford City Council has achieved a lot over the past ten years, with major improvements in the services provided and in the city’s public realm, despite the constraints imposed by central government. We are determined to maintain this track record in the years ahead as Oxford faces fresh challenges that are impacting many cities across the country, including the removal of government grant funding, increases in homelessness, spiralling housing costs and environmental issues.
“I have a strong team who are very much on the side of the people of Oxford and who will work hard to ensure we can address these challenges head on and provide a clear direction to deliver the best results for all. I have restructured the portfolio responsibilities to ensure they are more closely suited to ensuring Oxford remains a world-class city with a vibrant economy at the forefront of innovation. And above all, we want to make Oxford a fairer place to live.
"I want to welcome the new members of the Executive, whom I am sure will bring fresh perspectives to their portfolios and thank those departing members for their contribution, hard work and dedication to the people of Oxford."