The council first elected Councillor Alan Jarrett as Leader of the Council for a four-year term at the Annual Council meeting on 27 May 2015.

Councillor Jarrett was re-elected as Leader of the Council for a further four year term at the Annual Council meeting on 22 May 2019.

At this meeting, the Leader appointed Councillor Howard Doe as Deputy Leader and eight Cabinet Members, details of which are set out below.


Service area: Leader
Porfolio Holder: Alan Jarrett
Areas of responsibility:

  • Strategic leadership of the Council
  • Communications and marketing
  • Finance

Service area: Deputy Leader and Housing and Community Services
Portfolio Holder: Howard Doe
Areas of responsibility:

  • Adult Learning
  • All Housing Services (including HRA)
  • Archives
  • Armed Forces Covenant
  • Climate Change
  • Events and Festivals
  • Greenspaces
  • Heritage
  • Homelessness and Housing Options
  • Leisure Services
  • Libraries and Community Hubs
  • Medway Commercial Group
  • Medway Development Company
  • Sporting Legacy
  • Theatres and Arts
  • Tourism
  • Voluntary Sector

Service area: Adults' Services
Portfolio Holder: David Brake
Areas of responsibility:

  • Adults' Mental Health and Disability Services (including  Learning and Physical Disabilities)
  • Adults' Partnership Commissioning (25+) and Better Care Fund
  • Community Care
  • Health and Health Partnerships
  • Independent Safeguarding and Review Service
  • Older people
  • Public Health  - Lead Member, including Health and Wellbeing Boards

Service area: Business Management
Portfolio Holder: Rupert Turpin
Areas of responsibility:

  • Audit and Counter Fraud
  • Bereavement Services
  • Business Management
  • Commissioning
  • Community Centres
  • Community Wardens
  • Customer Contact
  • Democracy and Governance
  • Emergency Planning
  • Income Generation including new Joint Ventures
  • Medway Norse
  • Registration
  • Revenue and Benefits
  • Risk Management and Performance Monitoring

Service area: Children's Services - Lead Member (statutory responsibility - see Note 1 below)
Portfolio Holder: Josie Iles
Areas of responsibility:

  • Children's Partnership Commissioning (0-25)
  • Children's Provider Services (including Adoption, Fostering, Supported Accommodation and Residential Care)
  • Children's Social Care and Safeguarding Services including Safeguarding Board
  • Early Help (including Medway Action for Families, Youth Offending Team (YOT) and Youth Services) 
  • Inclusion
  • SEND including mental health
  • SEND transport

Service area: Education and Schools
Portfolio Holder: Martin Potter
Areas of responsibility:

  • Early Years
  • Education Safeguarding
  • Further Education
  • Further Education and Higher Education Liaison
  • Mainstream School Transport
  • Newly Qualified Teachers
  • Primary and Secondary Educational Improvement
  • School Organisation and Capital Projects
  • School Services (including Admissions and Medway Test)
  • Schools Liaison
  • Youth Champion (Including Medway Youth Council)

Service area: Front Line Services
Portfolio Holder: Phil Filmer
Areas of responsibility:

  • Highways
  • Parking
  • Public Transport
  • Street Cleaning and Waste Collection/Recycling/Waste Disposal
  • Street Lighting 
  • Traffic Management
  • Transport Strategy
  • Travel Safety

Service area: Inward Investment, Strategic Regeneration and Partnerships
Portfolio Holder: Rodney Chambers OBE 
Areas of responsibility:

  • External Funding including Local Growth Fund
  • Heritage Champion
  • Inward Investment
  • Medway the Place
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Strategic Regeneration and Planning

Service area: Planning, Economic Growth and Regulation (See Note 2 below)
Portfolio Holder: Jane Chitty
Areas of responsibility:

  • Economic Development
  • Employment
  • High Streets
  • Licensing (Executive Functions Only)
  • Local Plan
  • Markets
  • Planning Policy
  • Regulation – Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Enforcement (Executive Functions Only)
  • Social Regeneration
  • South Thames Gateway Building Control Partnership

Service area: Resources (See Note 3 below)
Portfolio Holder: Adrian Gulvin
Areas of responsibility:

  • Business and Administration Support Service
  • Category Management / Procurement
  • CCTV
  • Community Safety Partnership
  • Complaints Policy and Management
  • Council Plan and Performance and Service Improvement
  • HR
  • ICT
  • Legal
  • Property
  • Transformation and Digital services
  • Travellers

Note 1:

The roles and responsibilities of the Portfolio Holder for Children's Services are set out in statutory guidance.

View the roles and responsibilities of the Lead Member for Children's Services and the Director of Children's Services

Note 2:

The Leader and Full Council have delegated the council's building control functions to the South Thames Gateway Building Control Joint Committee. The terms of reference of the committee are set out within the council's Constitution and include executive and non-executive functions. Cllr Chitty is appointed to sit on the South Thames Gateway Building Control Joint Committee.

Note 3:

The following services will fall within the remit of the Resources Portfolio, in relation to the Community Safety Partnership:

  • Tobacco control, excluding smoking cessation services
  • Community safety aspects of alcohol and drug misuse
  • Public health aspects of promotion of community safety, violence prevention and response.

Addresses and wards of Cabinet Members