Executive members

The Executive carries out functions that are not the responsibility of any other part of the council.

After the Leader has been appointed, they appoint the Deputy Leader. In consultation, they also appoint Executive Members who are allocated certain areas of responsibility, known as a portfolio.

Assistant Executive Members may also be appointed by the Leader in consultation with the Deputy Leader. Their role is to support an Executive Member or Executive Members in carrying out their duties, but they have no decision making powers.

Executive members

Portfolio responsibilities

Cllr Steve Bridger (Independent) - Leader of the Council

  • external liaison including strategic partnerships, Local Enterprise Partnership, North Somerset Partnership, Joint Executive Committee (WECA and North Somerset Council), Alliance, Police
  • strategic policy/corporate plan development, forward programme and strategic review
  • strategic communications and marketing (with Deputy Leader and Executive Member Engagement)
  • major infrastructure project delivery
    • major schemes, including HIF and Metrowest

Cllr Mike Bell (Liberal Democrat) - Deputy Leader of the Council, Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing

  • adult services
    • reablement and technology enabled care
    • care reforms
    • early intervention and prevention
    • integrated commissioning
    • domiciliary, residential and nursing care
    • social work and occupational therapy
  • health
    • Health and Wellbeing Board and Strategy
    • Integrated Care System and Locality Partnerships
    • health improvement and health protection
    • pandemic response
    • substance misuse services
  • regulatory services
    • trading standards and food safety
    • environmental protection
    • licensing
  • emergency management
  • housing
    • homelessness and rough sleeper support
    • housing solutions
    • private sector housing
    • unauthorised encampments

Cllr Catherine Gibbons (Labour) - Executive Member for Children, Young People, Lifelong learning and Skills

  • children and young people’s services
    • children’s social care
    • looked after children
    • corporate parenting
    • family hubs
    • early help
    • adoption and fostering services
    • safeguarding
    • children’s licences and permits
  • Ukrainian resettlement
  • education
    • special educational needs and disabilities
    • school places and admissions
    • education liaison
    • local HE and FE institutions
    • schools and multi academy trusts
  • skills
    • skills strategy
    • careers advice
    • community learning

Cllr Ash Cartman (Liberal Democrat) - Executive Member for Corporate Services

  • finance – revenue, capital programme and income generation
  • procurement
  • legal and democratic services (including electoral and registrar)
  • property and asset management –financial business cases & financing
  • ICT, digital and customer services
  • lead for business support contracts – Agilisys and Liberata
  • business intelligence
  • human resources and organisational development
  • shareholder representative role for council companies
  • property technical services and project delivery
    • strategic asset planning
    • corporate estate
    • accommodation strategy project delivery
    • capital projects delivery

Cllr Bridget Petty (Green) Executive Member for Climate Emergency and Engagement

  • climate emergency
  • ecological emergency
  • community engagement and consultation
  • equalities and diversity
  • town and parish liaison
  • North Somerset Together
  • voluntary sector liaison
  • marine environment conservation
  • green infrastructure strategy

Cllr Mark Canniford (Liberal Democrat) - Executive Member for Placemaking and Economy

  • placemaking and development
    • placemaking strategies
    • See Monster and legacy
    • culture strategy
    • Weston placemaking delivery
    • Tropicana and Playhouse Theatre
    • strategic events programme
    • visitor economy development
    • development and commercial programme
    • affordable housing delivery
  • planning
    • policy
    • spatial planning
    • building control
  • economy and recovery
    • inward Investment
    • business development and engagement
    • employment
    • high street and town centre renewal
  • parking strategy

Cllr Mike Solomon (Independent) - Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Services

  • libraries
  • community venues
  • safer communities
  • parking operational management
  • environmental services
    • recycling and waste minimisation
    • waste and street cleansing contracts
    • enforcement strategy
  • open spaces and natural environment operations
    • sports and leisure centre contracts
    • flood risk management
    • seafronts, parks and lakes operational management
    • crematoria and cemeteries

Cllr Steve Hogg (Independent) - Executive Member for Transport and Highways

  • highways operations
    • highway network management
    • highway maintenance contract
    • streetlighting
  • highway technical services and delivery
    • liveable neighbourhood schemes
    • active travel schemes
    • highway structures
  • strategic transport
    • transport policy
    • transport decarbonisation
    • public transport
    • home to school transport
    • bus and rail strategy