City Mayor announces new executive team

Published on 20 May 2015

CITY Mayor Peter Soulsby has announced his new executive team following his re-election earlier this month.

The new team of assistant city mayors will once again take on responsibility for some of the major policy areas, ranging from housing and health to schools, culture, energy use and communities.

Five of the previous mayoral team will stay on, and will be joined by four new assistant mayors for the executive team, which was revealed for the first time on Wednesday, May 20. 

New executive team members include Aylestone ward councillor Adam Clarke, who takes on responsibility for energy and sustainability issues. A councillor since 2011, he also sits on the board of Creative Leicestershire and East Midlands Museums.

Cllr Lynn Senior, who represents the city’s Castle ward, will take over responsibility for neighbourhood services from Cllr Sarah Russell, who now takes charge of children, young people and schools.

Cllr Senior has been a ward councillor since 2009, and also sits on the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Police and Crime Panel.

Beaumont Leys councillor Sue Waddington’s new portfolio covers jobs and skills. She served as a ward councillor from 2003 to 2007, and again from 2011 onwards.

Responsibility for public health will be taken by North Evington councillor Abdul Osman. He has served as a ward councillor from 1995 to 2003, and again from 2007 to present, including a term as Lord Mayor from 2012-13.

Deputy City Mayor Cllr Rory Palmer will take responsibility for adult social care, as well as continuing his role as chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board.

Cllr Andy Connelly continues in his role handling the housing portfolio, with Cllr Manjula Sood continuing as the lead for community involvement, partnerships and equalities.

Cllr Piara Singh Clair continues in his role covering culture, heritage, sport and leisure.

Legislation allows for the City Mayor and Deputy City Mayor to be joined by up to eight assistants.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “I am very pleased to announce this new team of assistant city mayors which will enable us to deal with the challenges we will face during this second term in office.

“That work will also focus on a number of new priorities facing the city, including the important role of jobs and skills in the city’s economy, energy use and environmental sustainability.

“With those additional challenges in mind there will be eight assistant mayors – two more than in the previous team.

“I am confident that this is a strong team of very capable people, who will play a vital role in shaping the council’s work over the next four years.”