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Cabinet members

The Cabinet (also known as the Executive) is the main decision making body of the Council. It is responsible for policies, plans and strategies which must be implemented within the budgetary and policy framework adopted by Full Council.  The Council elects the Leader each year at the Annual General Meeting (usually held in May) and the Leader appoints the rest of the Cabinet.

Each of the 8 members also has individual special responsibility for a particular area of the Council's services. These portfolio areas are determined by the Leader within the Leader’s Scheme of Delegation and are summarised below.


Leader of the Council – Councillor Richard Bingley 

Chair of Cabinet meetings and may act on behalf of, or instead of any other Cabinet members.

Email the Leader: Richard.Bingley@plymouth.gov.uk

Leads on:

  • Capital programme where delegated 
  • Chair of Cabinet meetings and may act on behalf of, or instead of any other Cabinet members
  • Communications
  • Corporate policy development
  • Designs for the future purpose, functions, shape and size of the organisation
  • Leadership representative of the Council on national and regional bodies     
  • Liaison with Government
  • Marine National Park designation 
  • One Plymouth 
  • The Corporate Plan
  • The overview of the Council and its resources

Deputy Leader and Finance and Economy – Councillor Mark Shayer

The Deputy Leader deputises for the Leader as appropriate in the absence of the Leader and may nominate any Cabinet member to deputise for the Leader in the absence of the Leader and Deputy Leader.

Email the Deputy Leader: Mark.Shayer@plymouth.gov.uk

Leads on:

  • Capital programme monitoring and oversight
  • City Centre Company
  • Corporate property. Land and facilities management
  • District shopping centre revival
  • Economy and Enterprise including Freeport
  • HM Dockyard and defence issues
  • Human Resources, Organisational Development and trade Union liaison
  • Performance management and commitment delivery
  • Plymouth Fishing industries
  • Regional and Local Economic Strategy (including regional transport links)
  • Regional Lead for HR
  • Revenue Budget
  • Revenues and municipal enterprise
  • Strategic and commercial projects
  • Transformation and Change Oversight

Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social  - Councillor Dr John Mahony

Email the Cabinet Member: John.Mahony@plymouth.gov.uk

Leads on:

  • Adult Safeguarding
  • Adult’s public health
  • Children’s dental health
  • Children’s mental health
  • Children’s public health
  • Dementia friendly city
  • Drug and alcohol services
  • Fees and charges relating to portfolio
  • Health and social care
  • Health and Wellbeing hubs investment programme
  • Learning disabilities services
  • Mental Health services
  • Older people’s services
  • Other healthcare matters
  • Physical disability services

Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Culture, Leisure & Sport - Councillor Pat Patel

Email the Cabinet Member: Pat.Patel@plymouth.gov.uk

Leads on:

  • Building Stronger Communities including volunteering and community use of Council assets
  • Community engagement
  • Crime and ASB
  • Customer services
  • Events, Culture, heritage and museums (Including Mount Edgcumbe)
  • Fees and charges relating to portfolio
  • Library service
  • Mayflower 400 commemorations
  • Miscellaneous Licensing
  • Plymouth Active Leisure
  • Safer Plymouth Community Safety Partnership
  • Sports Development
  • Taxi Licencing
  • The Box
  • Waterfront Partnership

Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Children and Young People - Councillor Charlotte Carlyle 

Email the Cabinet Member: Charlotte.Carlyle@plymouth.gov.uk

Leads on:

  • Adult Education
  • Children in Care
  • Children in Need
  • Children Safeguarding
  • Children’s Social Care
  • Early Years
  • Fees and charges relating to portfolio
  • Higher and Further Education
  • Plan for Education
  • Plymouth Education Board
  • Post 16 – Education and training
  • School admissions arrangements
  • Schools
  • Skills and Employability
  • Youth Services

Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Governance – Councillor James Stoneman

Email the Cabinet Member: James.Stoneman@plymouth.gov.uk

Leads on:

  • Civil Protection and resilience
  • Climate change action plans and delivery
  • Climate Emergency Investment Fund
  • Democracy and Governance
  • Energy policy, decarbonisation and renewable energy initiatives
  • Environmental Health
  • Fees and charges relating to portfolio
  • Food Safety
  • Legal and Elections
  • Member Development
  • Plymouth Net Zero 2030
  • Trading Standards

Cabinet Member for Transport – Councillor Jonathan Drean

Email the Cabinet Member: Jonathan.Drean@plymouth.gov.uk

Leads on:

  • City Centre public realm and infrastructure delivery
  • Fees and charges relating to portfolio
  • Flood risk management
  • Highways operations and maintenance
  • Marine services
  • Parking
  • Strategic and regional transport
  • Strategic transport policy including public transport, active travel, community transport, concessionary fares and non-commercial routes
  • Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Cruise Terminal/Port services

Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Homes and Communities - Councillor Rebecca Smith

Email the Cabinet Member: Rebecca.Smith@plymouth.gov.uk

Leads on:

  • Building regulations including building safety
  • City Change Fund
  • Fees and charges relating to portfolio
  • Homelessness
  • National welfare policy and Council discretionary welfare funds
  • Plan for Homes and associated initiatives
  • Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan
  • Spatial and infrastructure planning
  • Tackling poverty and Child Poverty
  • Unauthorised encampments and Travellers Policy
  • Veterans and Community Covenant
  • Welcoming Plymouth including equalities and diversity, asylum seekers and refugees

Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene - Councillor Bill Wakeham 

Email the Cabinet Member: Bill.Wakeham@plymouth.gov.uk

Leads on:

  • Commercial and domestic waste management
  • Environmental enforcement
  • Fees and charges relating to portfolio
  • Green Estate Management
  • Parks, recreation and sports pitches
  • Plan for Trees and Tree management
  • Plastic Free Plymouth
  • Recycling
  • Street cleaning