The Cabinet

In accordance with the Local Government Act 2000 (as amended), the Leader:

The Cabinet makes major decisions and policy proposals, with the Overview and Scrutiny Committee examining these decisions in detail and developing new policies for the Cabinet to consider. The Cabinet comprises the Leader of the Council and nine Members with the following clearly defined Portfolio Holder remits:

Councillor James Browne
Leader of the Council / Portfolio Holder for Planning Services:
Chairs the Cabinet and presents the Forward Plan of work; Annual Budget Statement; Overall priorities and policy issues, including strategic health and safety; Annual Governance Statement; Corporate Policy & Performance Management (including Council Plan, Peer Review and Improvement Plans); Organisational development; Improvement and transformation; Communications and consultation; Enterprise Elmbridge, including Tourism; Member Services (including the Mayor); and Electoral Services; and Local Plan/Core Strategy and Planning Policy, Development Management including Tree Preservation Orders, Heritage, Design Champion Role, Street Naming, Land Charges, Tree Risk Strategy, Elmbridge Building Control Services and Community Infrastructure Levy

Councillor Andrew Burley
Portfolio Holder for Community and Social Affairs:
Elmbridge Community and Safety Partnership (including CCTV); Partnerships (County Council, Police etc); Community engagement, website neighbourhoods and partnerships; Family Support Programme; Health matters and liaison with CCGs and relevant bodies; Voluntary Sector liaison and support; Services for older people and disabled people (Meals on Wheels, Community Alarm and Telecare and Elmbridge Relief Carers Scheme); Centres for the Community; Equalities and Diversity; and Adult Safeguarding (Member Champion Role)

Councillor Glenn Dearlove
Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport:
Waste Management; Environmental Enforcement, including Joint Action Team; Environmental Well-being; Environmental Health and Licensing; Street Cleaning Services; Sustainability including Energy and Climate Change; Liaison with Highway Authority; Off Street Car Parking; Off Street Car Park fees and charges; and Emergency Planning and Health and Safety

Councillor Andrew Kelly
Portfolio Holder for Housing:
Housing Strategy, Allocation of Housing Enabling Funds, Overview of Housing Services, Housing Benefits and Universal Credit, Affordable Housing, Liaison with Registered Social Landlords, Housing Policy, Homelessness, Grants – Private and Disability (e.g. Disabled Facilities Grants), Private sector housing and Care and Repair (HIA)/Handyman service

Councillor Malcolm Howard
Portfolio Holder for Leisure & Culture:
Arts & Culture, Sport & Leisure, Parks, Commons & Recreation, Promoting Physical Activity, Youth, Children’s Safeguarding (including Member Champion role for Safeguarding Children), Museums, Public Halls (operational) and Cemeteries.

Councillor Mrs. Ruth Mitchell
Portfolio Holder for Resources and Deputy Leader:
Revenue & Capital Budgets, Financial management including Insurance, Value for Money, Treasury Management, including annual strategy and annual report, Local Taxation. Council Tax and Business Rates, Audit and Corporate Governance, Strategic Asset Management and Property, ICT & Digitisation, Customer Contact, Information Security & GDPR, Strategic Risk Management, Legal Services and Procurement Champion role.

Role of the Cabinet

The Cabinet has executive decision making responsibilities, in accordance with the Council's agreed Budget and Policy Framework. The Council's Constitution also provides for Individual Cabinet Member Decision Making with a specific protocol and clear delegations. There is a statutory obligation to publish a Forward Plan of 'key decisions', which the Cabinet intends to take in the four month period following the publication of the Forward Plan. A key decision is one which results in the Council incurring expenditure which is, or the making of savings which are, significant with regard to the Council's budget, or is significant in terms of its effect on communities living or working in an area comprising two or more electoral divisions. The Forward Plan is updated monthly and lists the items for the Cabinet's consideration and contains the particulars of the matters in respect of those decisions which are to be made.

Attending Cabinet Meetings

Members of the public are very welcome to attend and watch the proceedings at meetings of the Cabinet. All Cabinet meetings are open to the press and public (subject to various legislative exclusions) and agendas and minutes are available online via the Council's Calendar of Meetings. Cabinet meetings are normally held in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre, Esher and commence at 7.00 p.m.

New Executive Arrangements

The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 required Elmbridge Borough Council to make changes to its decision-making arrangements. The new arrangements came into effect immediately after the elections in May 2011. Proposals in this regard were considered by the Council at a Special Meeting on 6 October 2010.

If you would like further information about the Cabinet, please contact the Principal Committee and Member Services Officer by e-mail: