Press release: Leader unveils new cabinet


Leader unveils new cabinet


St Helens Council Leader Barrie Grunewald has unveiled his new cabinet for

2016-17 – retaining a strong focus on economic growth while also emphasising the borough’s commitment to its residents and its changing role in the region.


Councillor Grunewald pledged that residents – especially vulnerable groups – will be ‘at the heart’ of every decision the council takes. He pointed to the recent creation of the council’s Peoples Services Department as evidence of his determination to ‘put people first.’


A new community safety portfolio strengthens the council’s commitment to safeguarding its residents. But change is also the underlying theme of the new leadership team – with Councillor Grunewald creating new roles to oversee its own new ways of working as well as its new place in the Liverpool City Region.


“Whether we like it or not, change is inevitable,” said Councillor Grunewald, “and we must be prepared for it. One thing that won’t change however, is our total commitment to helping those people who, through no fault of their own, need the help that only we can provide.


“We will continue to make sure we meet all the challenges of the future head-on, but we will also be working closely with other bodies and partners to deliver the best possible services for the people of St Helens.”


The new cabinet


Councillor Barrie Grunewald

Leader of the Council – and with responsibility for:

Audit and Governance Committee

Budget and Policy Framework

LCR Combined Authority

European Initiatives

Press and Public Relations



Councillor Andy Bowden

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families, Young People & Education with responsibility for:

Children’s Safeguarding

Children’s Social Care

Early Years Development

Family Support



Councillor Anthony Johnson

Cabinet Member for Corporate Services with responsibility for:

Corporate Governance

Budget Implementation

Finance Services, Local Taxation and Benefits Human Resources Legal Services ICT and Customer Services Civic Events Grants


Councillor John Fulham

Cabinet Member for Growth with responsibility for:

Asset Management

Planning and Building Control

Corporate Events


Housing and Transport Policy


Councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron

Cabinet Member for Green, Smart & Sustainable Borough with responsibility



Environmental Health

Trading Standards

The Environment


Sport and Recreation

Licencing and Land Charges

Trading Services


Councillor Marlene Quinn

Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Health with responsibility for:

Adult Safeguarding

Care Management

Services for Physical, Sensory, Learning Disability, Mental Health, Memory and Cognitive Support Health Service Liaison


Councillor Jeanie Bell

Cabinet Member for Public Health & Wellbeing with responsibility for:

Accidental Injury Protection

Illness Prevention Strategy and Services Health Inequalities Healthy Child and Immunisation Programmes Libraries, Arts and Culture Youth and Play


Councillor Lisa Preston

Cabinet Member for Community Safety with responsibility for:

Community Safety

Housing Services


Councillor Anthony Burns

Cabinet Member for Liverpool City Region Engagement with responsibility


Council Response to the LCR Agenda

City Region Liaison


Councillor Richard McCauley

Cabinet Member for Change with responsibility for:

2020 Vision

Change Management

Project Co-Ordination


Other appointments include:


City Region Combined Authority:  Cllr B Grunewald, Cllr A Bowden


Combined Authority Merseytravel Committee:  Cllr K Roberts, Cllr T Shields Combined Authority Scrutiny Panel:  Cllr D Baines, Cllr J Jackson Combined Authority Housing and Spatial Planning Board:  Cllr J Fulham Combined Authority Employment and Skills Board:  Cllr J Fulham, Cllr R McCauley (Substitute) Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority:  Cllr J De’Asha, Cllr L Maloney Merseyside Police & Crime Panel:  Cllr P Ireland, Cllr N Charlton Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority:  Cllr A Cunliffe Local Enterprise Partnership:  Cllr B Grunewald