The leader of Lichfield District Council says new cabinet roles reflect the future rather than “historic” local authority departments.

Doug Pullen

Cllr Doug Pullen unveiled changes to his leadership team at a meeting of the council last night (18th May).

Councillor Ashley Yeates moves from community engagement to climate change and recycling in the reshuffle.

Cllr Richard Cox takes up the community engagement role, with his previous parks and leisure portfolio added to Cllr Iain Eadie’s economic development and Local Plan role.

New cabinet in full:

  • Cllr Doug Pullen, leader of the council
  • Cllr Iain Eadie, deputy leader and cabinet member for economic development and Local Plan, parks and leisure
  • Cllr Rob Strachan, cabinet member for finance, procurement and revenues and benefits
  • Cllr Richard Cox, cabinet member for community engagement
  • Cllr Andy Smith, cabinet member for innovation and corporate services
  • Cllr Liz Little, cabinet member for major projects
  • Cllr Angela Lax, cabinet member for regulatory, housing and health
  • Cllr Ashley Yeates, cabinet member for climate change and recycling

Cllr Pullen said:

“We’ve got a lot of work to do as we emerge from Covid – our visitor economy needs boosting, the city centre masterplan needs focus, our community engagement needs improving and we need to embrace new ways of working.

“I’ve aligned cabinet members’ portfolios to our delivery plan rather than historic council departments.

“I fully expect this to mean my cabinet are able to make rapid progress on their respective responsibilities.”

Cllr Doug Pullen, Lichfield District Council

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  1. It is good to see that Cllr Pullen has recognised the need to prioritise Community Engagement and I applaud the selection of the friendly, honest and personable Cllr Richard Cox to head it up.
    Now there needs to be some substance behind this move, as there is no Community Engagement Team, not even a single officer at LDC who knows what they are doing in that particular field! In fact, Doug Pullen himself is the only effective Community Engagement Officer that the Council has!

  2. So its a shuffling of job titles and responsibilities.

    The overwhelming sense of mediocrity and despair that the title holders inspire still remains.

  3. Tory shuffle…no actual change. Electorate love em, why bother shuffling?
    Note to Cllr Pullen ( only decent tory left in LDC) Please shuffle the mp somewhere else, anywhere will do, now that would make a huge positive impact on our area.

  4. Given Cllr Eadie, appears to want to build houses, on every bit of green land. It is worrying, he is now in charge of parks.

  5. Unable to share previous view of Councillor Cox – useless to date re illegal gypsies still in Saddlers Wood & his record of no improvement on the continuing bizarre costly Garrick annual subsidy saga is lamentable. If this is “success” rewarding with extra responsibility I beg to differ.

  6. Glad to hear we have a cabinet member for climate about one for fixing potholes that predate austerity never mind covid
    Trent Valley Road is a disgrace

  7. Hey Mr Pullen, when are you going to reign in Liz Little and get the disabled parking bays in the city centre opened again? All blocked off in the market square and half of them lost on Bore Street. There is no pavement café outside the banks, so what is the excuse now for keeping them out of use? Have all the cafes now expanded onto the road got permission for this? When people are now allowed back into these places isn’t the amount of outdoor seating now excessive? How about putting the planter boxes outside the Council House and losing your parking?

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