Councillor Alan Jarrett was appointed as Leader for a four-year term at the Annual Council meeting on 27 May 2015. 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: Councillor 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: Councillor Howard Doe
Areas of responsibility:

  • Adult learning
  • All Housing Services (including HRA)
  • Archives
  • Armed Forces Covenant
  • Events and Festivals
  • Greenspaces
  • Heritage
  • Homelessness and Housing Options
  • Leisure Services
  • Libraries and Community Hubs
  • Private sector housing
  • Sporting Legacy
  • Theatres and Arts
  • Tourism
  • Voluntary Sector

Service area: Adults' Services
Portfolio Holder: Councillor 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
  • Independent Safeguarding and Review Service
  • Older people
  • Public Health  - Lead Member, including
    Health and Wellbeing Board
  • Sustainability and Transformation Plan
  • Telecare/Tele Medicare

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

  • Audit and Counter Fraud
  • Bereavement Services
  • Business Management
  • Commissioning
  • Community Centres
  • Community Officers
  • Customer Contact
  • Democracy and Governance
  • Emergency Planning
  • Income Generation
  • Registration
  • Revenue & Benefits
  • Risk Management

Service area: Children's Services - Lead Member (statutory responsibility - see Note 1 below)
Portfolio Holder: Councillor Andrew Mackness
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
  • Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (including Mental Health)
  • Early Help (including Medway Action For
    Families, Youth Offending Team (YOT) and Youth Services) 
  • Early years
  • Inclusion
  • Safeguarding Children Board (MSCB)
  • Medway Commercial Group (MCG)

Service area: Educational Attainment and Improvement
Portfolio Holder: Councillor Martin Potter
Areas of responsibility:

  • Further Education 
  • Primary and Secondary Education Improvement
  • Safeguarding
  • School Organisation and Capital Projects
  • School Services (including Admissions and Medway Test)
  • Schools Liaison 

Service area: Front Line Services
Portfolio Holder: Councillor 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: Councillor Rodney Chambers OBE 
Areas of responsibility:

  • Heritage Champion
  • Inward Investment
  • Local Growth Fund
  • Medway Ambassadors 
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Strategic Regeneration and Planning

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

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

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

  • Business and Administration Support Service
  • Category Management / Procurement
  • Community Safety Partnership
  • Complaints Policy and Management
  • Council Plan
  • HR
  • ICT
  • Joint Ventures
  • Legal
  • Performance and Service Improvement
  • 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 "The roles and responsibilities of the Lead Member for Children's Services and the Director of Children's Services." under sections 18(7)(Director of Children's Services) and 19(2)(Lead Member for Children's Services) of the Children Act 2004.

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.

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