New Top Jobs

The top jobs (Portfolios) for Elected Councillors at Cornwall Council have been jiggled around. This is not done by consensus, but the Leader can choose who sits in the Cabinet and generally what role they can do. As long as those roles are in line with what is laid down by Government Depts. the Leader has Carte Blanche.

Now for those of you who care, here is a list of who is doing what. At the end of the day these people are where the buck stops. So, if you’re not happy with a service, then these people are the ones ultimately responsible. There are 10 Portfolios and I will tell you who has them and their responsibilities

The Leader – Alec Robertson – Con

Strategy and Policy (Council Business Plan)

Improvement and Performance
Cornwall Strategic Partnership
Health policy and relationships with NHS community
Member Development
Communications and Reputation
Human Resources and Organisational Development
Equality and Diversity
Information Technology

Corporate Resources – Jim Currie – Con
Commissioning and Procurement
Legal and Democratic Services

Housing and Planning – Mark Kaczmarek – Independent

Economy and Regeneration – Carolyn Rule – Con
Economic Development (including Convergence funding and Cornwall Development Company)
Newquay Airport
County Farms

Transportation and Highways – G Hicks – Independent
Integrated Operational Transformation Programme
Environment (including countryside services, beaches, sea fisheries and maritime services)
Tamar Bridge and Ferry

Waste Management, Climate Change and Historic Environment – Julian Germans – Independent
Waste Management
Green Cornwall
Historic Heritage (including World Heritage Site)
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Travel Plan
Mount Edgcumbe Joint Committee

Community Safety and Neighbourhoods – Lance Kennedy – Con
Fire and Rescue Service
Public Health and Protection (Environmental Health, Trading Standards, Animal Welfare, Coroners & Licensing)
Crime and Disorder
Community Networks

Children’s Services – Neil Burden – Independent
Education and Schools
Safeguarding Children
Family Services
Integrated Youth Services,
Individual Needs and Disability Services
Carers Board
Leach Pottery (for time being)
Credit Unions (for time being)

Adult Care and Support – Armand Toms – Con
Adult Learning Disabilities
Older People
Adults with physical disabilities
Adults and Older People Mental Health

Customer First – Joan Symons – Con
Customer Access
Shared Services Strategy
Revs and Bens
Adult Education
Registration Service
Culture and Museums

So there you have it, the new line up with what roles they will be covering for the coming months. At least you now know who to blame if you have a problem, or are unhappy with something that has not been dealt with.


  • Anonymous

    You seem a very hard working Cllr,why havent you been given one of these portfolios(or didnt you want one)?

  • craig

    What do you do if one of those "Portfolio Holders" ( do they ever actually hold one?) ignores your approach?

    Yes, it's happened.


  • Badham Farm

    Seems that their portfolios are pretty large & perhaps they should have help to eanble the job to be done properly. I know a couple of the councillors and they are good and principled – I also know that for one the job is far to large !

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