Details of new Cabinet Member portfolios Subsequent to the recent local elections, held on the 5 May 2005, the Cabinet of Essex County Council has been revised. This has involved the restructuring of several of the Cabinet Portfolios, and the appointment of new Cabinet Members. The following is the resulting shape of the new Cabinet: Cabinet Portfolio Portfolio Holder Deputy Leader Lord Hanningfield Cllr Susan Flack Finance and Property Cllr David Finch Cllr Anthony Jackson Planning, Environment Cllr Peter Martin Cllr Roger Walters and Culture Cllr Jeremy Lucas Highways and Cllr Rodney Bass Cllr Nigel Edey Transportation Adult Social Care Cllr Sarah Candy Cllr Simon Walsh Children and Families Cllr Tracey Chapman Cllr John Schofield Education; Leisure and Cllr Stephen Castle Cllr Anthony Hedley Thames Gateway Community Services Cllr Iris Pummell Cllr Mark Howard Localism Cllr John Jowers Cllr Ray Gooding Central Services Cllr Norman Hume Cllr John Aldridge Schools will notice that Cllr Stephen Castle has been appointed as the new Cabinet Member with responsibility for Education. A member of the County Council since 2001, Cllr Castle has previously held the position of Cabinet Member for Strategic Coordination and Stakeholder Liaison. As a Member of the board of the East of England Development Agency, Stephen knows how important a skilled and educated population is in order to promote the economic well being of the region. In his other role as board member at the Thames Gateway South Essex Partnership, he is also well aware of the need to increase educational attainment across the county, as well as the need to take advantage of the regeneration potential of a schools place in the community. Together with Councillor Tracey Chapman, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Stephen Castle is committed to ensuring services are joined up with our partners to enable every child to achieve their best, no matter their circumstances. He believes that a child’s education is paramount, and that Essex should continue to be at the cutting edge of innovation in education. A major factor in this for Stephen Castle is the role of the school and it’s relationship with the community it serves. He is a keen supporter of the extended schools agenda, and is working closely with Tracey Chapman on the roll out of Children’s Centres across the county. New ministerial team at DfES Following the General election, also held on the 5 May 2005, the DfES has had it’s own ministerial shake up. Although we are sure you aware of the new responsibilities, below is a brief summary of those changes Jacqui Smith - Minister of State for Schools and 14-19 Learners Jacqui Smith takes an overview of all schools strategy, with a particular focus on: transforming secondary schools; behaviour; 14-19 learners; school funding and capital; remodelling the school workforce; the secondary school curriculum; and raising standards across the board. Beverley Hughes - Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families Beverley Hughes takes an overview of all policies for children, young people and families, including overall responsibility for new legislation in this area. She works closely with colleagues across government to ensure that these issues are taken forward in a co-ordinated and joined- up way. Bill Rammell - Minister of State for Higher Education and Skills Bill Rammell takes an overview of HE, FE, adult skills, the LSC and lifelong learning ensuring the overall coherence of all post-19 policy. He will take a direct lead on higher education issues and the reform of further education including the Foster Review, on which Phil Hope will support him. He will also lead on the LSC, its budget and operational performance. Lord Andrew Adonis - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools Has a particular focus on primary schools, the school curriculum (supporting Jacqui Smith) and SEN/disability and the delivery of the Academies programme and London Challenge. Maria Eagle - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Young People and Families Maria Eagle will be responsible for family policy, young people and safeguarding children. Phil Hope - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Higher Education and Skills Phil Hope has a specific focus on adult skills. He will also support Bill Rammell on the reform of further education and the Foster Review.