Leader of Rotherham Council announces new cabinet

Councillor Chris Read, the leader of Rotherham Council, has announced plans for his new-look cabinet – with three new faces on the leadership team.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 4:13 pm

Councillor Victoria Cusworth has been appointed to head the council’s children and young people’s services, councillor David Sheppard is taking up the new portfolio of social inclusion and councillor Amy Brookes will now be responsible for housing.

Councillor Sarah Allen will be proposed to become the council’s new deputy leader, and Councillor Dominic Beck will now be responsible for transport and environment.

Councillor Chris Read said: “I want to pay tribute to former cabinet members Gordon Watson and councillor Emma Hoddinott whose services to the cabinet have been a credit to the borough. After consultation I’m pleased to appoint cllr Cusworth, cllr Shepherd and cllr Brookes to the cabinet.

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Coun Chris Read.

“Cllr Cusworth has been a long standing champion of children’s services, supporting our improvement journey from scrutiny, and is a natural choice to fill the big shoes left by former councillor Gordon Watson.

“I am lucky enough to have a great advocate for social inclusion in cllr Sheppard who I know will bring an increased focus to this important area of the council’s work, and cllr Brookes has a wealth of knowledge relating to sustainable development which will support our investment in new housing.”

“The whole team is raring to start delivering on the detailed commitments we set out over the last few weeks, driving our agenda to build a better, fairer borough for all our residents.”