Shadow Cabinet

Coventry City Council operates a Leader and Cabinet system. As the Opposition, we have a Shadow Cabinet who are tasked with taking lead responsibility on behalf of the Conservative Party in Coventry and to holding the relevant Cabinet Member to account. 

Our Shadow Cabinet is made up of the following Councillors and lists their shadow portfolio areas.

This page will be updated on Thursday 18 May 2017, following the Council AGM. The Conservative Group has recently elected Cllr Gary Ridley as the Leader-elect and Cllr Allan Andrews as the Deputy Leader-elect.

Cllr John Blundell | Conservative Group Leader
Shadow Cabinet Member for Policy and Leadership

This portfolio includes: Council Plan, Scrutiny, External relations / public relations, Image and reputation, Partnership companies, Chair of Cabinet / Management Board meetings, Emergency Planning, Regional Matters, West Midlands Combined Authority, Risk Management.

Cllr Gary Crookes | Deputy Group Leader
Shadow Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration

This portfolio includes: Community Economic Development, City Centre, Inward Investment, Property (Commercial), Urban Regeneration, Transportation, Tourism and Marketing, Climate Change Strategy and Development, Energy Policy, Conservation and Renewables, Sustainability, Digital for Business.

Cllr Jaswant Birdi | Shadow Cabinet Member for Policing and Equalities

This portfolio includes: Community Safety, Community Cohesion, Public Protection and Licensing, Democratic Services, including Lord Mayor’s , Electoral Registration, Equalities, Legal Services, Training (Members), Constitutional Matters and Political Management, Domestic Violence and Sexual Exploitation, Local Policing, Local Enterprise Partnership, Media Strategy, Events, International liaison, Deputising on Leader items.

Cllr Julia Lepoidevin | Shadow Cabinet Member for Strategic Finance and Resources

This portfolio includes: Strategic Finance including Budget Setting, External Resources, Operational Finance incl. Revenues and Benefits, Service Transformation, Procurement, Value for Money, Medium Term Financial Strategy, Corporate Service Performance, Policy and Quality, Human Resources, Key Staff Recruitment and Retention, Information Technology, Digital and Customer Services, Health and Safety, Operational Property, Coventry Investment Fund, Pensions.

Cllr Marcus Lapsa | Shadow Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

This portfolio includes: Children and Families, Children and Young People’s Social Care, Child Sexual Exploitation, Young People, Youth Offending Service, Safeguarding, *S19 Children Act 2004 Lead Member, Fostering and Adoption.

Cllr Pete Male | Shadow Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

This portfolio includes: Post 16 Education and Training, Schools, Early Years, Libraries, Adult Education, Higher and Further Education (incl. Universities), Skills and employability, Teenage Pregnancies.

Cllr Gary Ridley | Shadow Cabinet Member for City Services

This portolio includes: Highways, Drainage and Lighting, Licensing Policy (Hackney Carriage and Private Hire), Street Services (Ground Maintenance, Refuse (domestic and commercial), (Street Cleaning), Waste Management, Flood Management, Building Services, Environment, Bereavement Services, Traffic Management and Road Safety, Building Cleaning, Catering.

Cllr David Skinner | Shadow Cabinet Member for Adult Services

This portfolio includes: Social Care for Adults, Older People and People with Disabilities, Carers.

Cllr Ken Taylor OBE | Shadow Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport

This portfolio includes: Health Strategy and Policy, Health and Wellbeing Board, Health Inequalities, Marmot, Local Health Economy, Public Health, Sexual Health, Mental Health, Fuel Poverty, Sport, Parks.

Cllr Roger Bailey | Shadow Cabinet Member for Community Development

This portfolio includes: Archives, Arts, Heritage, Museums, Conservation, Social Enterprise Strategy, Mutuals, Community and Third Sector Relations, City Centre Management, City of Culture Bid, Community Centres, Homelessness, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Voluntary Sector, Welfare Advice Services, Neighbourhood Services, Housing, Planning. 

Cllr Michael Hammon | Shadow Cabinet Member for Special Projects (City of Culture)