Changes to North Somerset Council’s Executive team announced

10:23am - 21 April 2021

At last night's meeting of North Somerset Council, Leader of the Council, Cllr Don Davies announced some changes to the council’s Executive team.

Cllr Steve Bridger joins the Executive as lead member for Assets and Capital Delivery while adjustments are being made to other portfolios. Cllr Mike Solomon becomes Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Services and Cllr Bridget Petty is Executive Member for Climate Emergency and Engagement.

There will also continue to be two assistant executive members with Cllr Nicola Holland assisting with post Covid skills and education engagement and Cllr Robert Payne supporting the delivery of local parking schemes.

There is no change to the political balance of the Executive or to the overall number of Executive members.

The changes are being introduced to ensure that the remit of each Executive member is closely aligned to the council’s structure, making it easier for councillors and officers to work together to deliver the council’s priorities.

Cllr Davies said: “We are an ambitious council committed to delivering great services and improvements for the people of North Somerset. Rightly we have focused on supporting our communities through the pandemic over the past year, but it means we still have lots that we want to achieve over the next two years.

“It’s essential that we make it as easy as possible for our officers and senior councillors to work together so that we can achieve those goals.

“I am hugely grateful to James Tonkin and Geoff Richardson for the work they have both done for us, and also welcome Steve Bridger to the Executive team and Cllr Payne as Assistant Executive Member.”

The changes to the Executive come into effect today (Wednesday 21 April). 

The revised portfolios are:

Cllr Don Davies - Leader of the Council 

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

Cllr Catherine Gibbons - Executive Member for Children’s Services and Lifelong learning

Cllr Nicola Holland - Assistant Executive Member Post Covid Education and Skills recovery

Cllr Ash Cartman - Executive Member for Corporate Services

Cllr Bridget Petty - Executive Member for Climate Emergency and Engagement 

Cllr Mark Canniford - Executive Member for Placemaking and Economy

Cllr Robert Payne - Assistant Executive Member Parking strategy and delivery

Cllr Mike Solomon - Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Services

Cllr Steve Bridger - Executive Member for Assets and Capital Delivery