New cabinet members announced – Gloucestershire County Council

Cllr Dom Morris will become the Cabinet Member responsible for Highways and Flooding, taking over from Cllr Vernon Smith who has decided, after 10 years, to step down from the position. Cllr Smith will continue as local county councillor for the Tewkesbury East division.

As well as becoming Cabinet Member with a focus on Levelling Up, Cllr Nick Housden will also take on the Public Health portfolio, held by Cllr Tim Harman for the past five years.  Cllr Harman will continue as local councillor for Lansdown and Park.

Leader of the Council, Mark Hawthorne said: “I am so grateful for all the hard work Vernon has done over the past ten years, most recently overseeing our £150 million resurfacing scheme – resurfacing the same distance as from Shire Hall to Inverness! I am also grateful for Tim whose leadership has seen us through the most challenging years Public Health has ever faced.

“Their experience and enthusiasm has been invaluable, and I want to sincerely thank them for all they have contributed. I know they will continue to be strong advocates for their respective divisions and for the whole county.

“I’d like to congratulate Dom and Nick on their respective appointments. Over the past 12 months, since they were elected to the council, they have both shown themselves to be extremely capable councillors. I have no doubt they will be successful in delivering on the priorities that will support communities and business across the county.  I look forward to working with them.”

Cllr Dom Morris said: “We have achieved a great deal in relation to highways schemes and flood alleviation works during Vernon’s tenure and I want to thank and congratulate him for his role in leading these areas of work. We also know there is more to be done and I am really looking forward to getting started on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. I would like to thank Cllr Hawthorne for this opportunity.”

Cllr Nick Housdon said: “It is a privilege to have been appointed to this role. Our communities and their health and wellbeing have been the top priority over the past two years. As we come out of the pandemic, there is a lot to be done I am really looking forward to driving forwards, with communities, our Levelling Up ambitions to make sure, wherever someone lives, they can be healthy and prosperous. I too want to thank the Leader for the opportunity and my congratulations to Tim for all he achieved during his time in office.”  

Some other changes have been made to the areas of responsibilities. For an up-to-date list, visit:  

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