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Changes to the Executive

Leader announces changes to Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing and Internal Governance roles

Lynne Doherty [Intranet dimensions]

Leader of Council, Councillor Lynne Doherty has announced some immediate changes to her Executive ahead of next month's Annual Council Meeting, which traditionally sees the appointment of members to portfolios and committees.

Cllr Graham Bridgman will move from his role as portfolio holder in Adult Social Care into the role of Health & Wellbeing, and therefore Cllr Jo Stewart will take the Adult Social Care portfolio holder position.   Cllr Howard Woollaston will return to Internal Governance, a role he has previously covered, taking with him for the time being Leisure and Culture.

Cllr Lynne Doherty said:

"I believe this change will enable West Berkshire Council to best be able to respond to the changing and demanding needs of the Health Agenda."

"I would like to thank all three Executive members for their contributions to date in their current roles and wish them success in their new roles,  but it would be remiss of me not to single out Cllr Bridgman who has been portfolio holder for Adult Social Care since May 2018.  

"In this time he has not only developed a detailed understanding of how Adult Social Care works, but has ensured investment into the service to meet modelled demand and advocated tirelessly for those most vulnerable members of our community.

"All of this has been done at the same time as being my deputy and in this last year being part of the Team here in West Berks working directly on our response to Covid, so a huge personal thanks from me for this and on agreeing to take on what I am sure is going to be a very complex but hopefully rewarding piece of work."