Council Leader announces cabinet reshuffle

Two new cabinet members have been appointed by the Leader of the Council, it was announced at the Council meeting on Wednesday 15 May.

Councillor Stephen Alambritis has also made some changes to portfolios as part of a cabinet reshuffle.

Councillor Laxmi Attawar and Councillor Eleanor Stringer have joined the Cabinet.

The new cabinet is:

  • Leader of the Council – Councillor Stephen Alambritis
  • Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance – Councillor Mark Allison
  • Cabinet Member for Women and Equalities – Councillor Laxmi Attawar
  • Cabinet Member for Children’s Services – Councillor Kelly Braund
  • Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Health and the Environment – Councillor Tobin Byers
  • Cabinet Member for Commerce, Leisure and Culture – Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah
  • Cabinet Member for Voluntary Sector Partnerships and Community Safety – Councillor Edith Macauley
  • Cabinet Member for Schools and Adult Education – Councillor Eleanor Stringer
  • Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Housing and Transport – Councillor Martin Whelton

A full list of each cabinet member’s responsibilities can be found on the council’s website.

Councillor Alambritis said: “When I first became a cabinet member, I had the Equalities portfolio, and have previously been a Commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, so establishing this new role was very important to me. Laxmi is well known across the community as a great advocate for equality, and I am delighted she has agreed to take the role.

“Over the past two years, Merton’s schools have been the best in the country for the progress our children make, and education is every parent’s top priority, so it’s great to be able to appoint Eleanor to the cabinet. She brings a wealth of professional experience in education to her new role, having worked on projects in hundreds of schools across England with a particular focus on raising standards for disadvantaged children.

“I want to thank Councillor Mike Brunt and Councillor Nick Draper for their hard work and service during their time in the cabinet. Theirs will be very hard shoes to fill.”

Councillor Attawar said: “Merton is an incredibly diverse and welcoming borough and the council is committed to ensuring that there are equal opportunities for everyone. I am looking forward to working with all our local communities, faith groups and others to help bridge the gap to make our borough a place where everyone can thrive.”

Cllr Stringer said: “More parents than ever are choosing to send their children to Merton’s schools because they are among the best performing in the country. Education has been my passion for many years and I want to ensure that every pupil at school in our borough has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Merton is a great place for families, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”