VIDEO: Northamptonshire County Council’s leader-elect names his top team of eight

County council leaders have been appointed to look after schools, roads and health.

A new Northamptonshire County Council cabinet was unveiled by leader-elect Cllr Jim Harker this afternoon, Tuesday, who is proposing a smaller team of eight councillors.

Councillor Jim Harker

Councillor Jim Harker

The cabinet includes two new faces – Cllr Suresh Patel and Cllr Michael Clarke.

Cllr Heather Smith, who represents Oundle, has been proposed as deputy leader after being chosen for the role by fellow Conservative members.

Cllr Harker said: “I am delighted to be able to propose such a strong team as my cabinet. Among the team we have experienced cabinet members and new talent to really help continue to drive this council forward.

“We clearly have so much work to do. We need to continue our work with partners to make children safer in the county, we need to build on our reputation as being a place where people can come and do business, we need to continue our trail blazing work to fix our roads and make our network better and safer and of course we need to do all of this while continuing to rise to the huge financial challenges we face as we play our part in reducing the national deficit.”

The Cabinet posts being proposed by Cllr Harker are as follows:

Cllr Jim Harker: Leader of the Council.

Cllr Heather Smith: Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for customers and communities.

Cllr Bill Parker: Cabinet member for finance and performance.

Cllr Michael Clarke: Cabinet member for transport, highways and environment.

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage: Cabinet member for economic growth and public protection.

Cllr Catherine Boardman: Cabinet member for children and education.

Cllr Robin Brown: Cabinet member for health and wellbeing.

Cllr Suresh Patel: Cabinet member for adult social care.

The full council will meet on Thursday, May 16, when a leader will be formally elected and the cabinet formally appointed.