New Mayoral Leads

At next week’s Council AGM I will be proposing some additional Mayoral Leads to work with me and the Cabinet to create a new vibrant city.

Some will be existing Mayoral Leads whose successful work should continue and others will be new or replacements for those which have reached the end of their projects.

There are three in particular I am excited about:

Cllr Dan Hughes is to be Mayoral Lead for Youth and Citizen Engagement. Dan will use his expertise in the media and social media to engage people with the little actions which can have a big impact on our city. For example, developing a sense of civic pride in our city and reducing levels of littering.

Cllr Tim Beaumont is to be Mayoral Lead for City Wellbeing. Tim will shape activities and bring partners together to encourage people to change the way they live. Working alongside Roz Gladden as Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Health, Tim will be leading on public health campaigns such as reducing alcohol consumption and obesity.

Cllr Tim Moore is to be Mayoral Lead for Organised Sports. Tim, as an active member of a sports club himself, will bring together the grassroots sporting communities of Liverpool to identify growth and development opportunities, encouraging more people to take part. Liverpool’s sporting heritage is second to none and it is a result of thousands of people coming together once a week to play a sport of their choice.

Together, they will create activity and campaigns to encourage Liverpool citizens to take greater pride in our city, help them tackle health and wellbeing issues and be more active in the, already vibrant, grassroots sporting communities we have.

Another new position is Mayoral Lead for Energy and Smart City, Cllr Jim Noakes, who will lead on encouraging investment in green energy developing a networked city. Jim will lead on other innovations to make our city an exciting place for next-generation businesses to invest and locate in Liverpool.

Mayoral Leads are councillors who I have asked to focus on smaller, targeted areas which will help have a transformative impact on our city. Together these new Mayoral Leads, alongside the work of others, are having a profound impact on the way we work in Liverpool City Council and our relationships with groups within the city.

My team for Liverpool, including Cabinet Members and Mayoral Leads, has an exciting agenda to take Liverpool forward, encouraging people to get involved and engage to build a fairer, growing, economy and a healthy city we can be proud of.

 

New Cabinet positions

Today I am confirming the appointment of two new members of my Cabinet designed to make Liverpool a more successful and fairer city.

There has been one extremely important theme during my time as Mayor, which is that we will not leave the most vulnerable behind. Central Government doesn’t care to listen to us, and has imposed the most unfair budget cuts on the council – but still we have been able to feed 9,000 children during the summer holidays last year; fight the bedroom tax and get people refunds; and raise thousands and thousands of pounds for the city’s foodbanks. Much of that work was as a result of the Fairness Commission and carried out by a taskforce led by Cllr Frank Hont. I have great delight in now confirming Cllr Hont is to become Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Fairness and Equalities. His strong track record as a trade union official representing and championing workers in the north west and campaigning on equalities issues and for greater social inclusion make him perfect to lead our work on making Liverpool a fairer city and standing up for those who need our help the most.

One of my Mayoral Priorities was to make our city one of the world’s best cities for business to invest, grow and develop in. Cllr Gary Millar’s experience in running a business means he understands first-hand the needs of SMEs and what they need from a city to help them be a success. As Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Investment, Cllr Millar will build on the excellent work of other members of the cabinet in creating a city that is entrepreneurial and inviting to investors, with a population learning new skills and ready to meet the challenges of our future. I have asked Gary to focus on building support for businesses in Liverpool, including start-ups, encouraging greater business investment and relocation to the city, and developing supply chains to feed our already successful businesses with local enterprise. Liverpool is already the fastest growing economy outside London, and created over 14,000 jobs since I took control.

I am confident Liverpool’s best days are still ahead for us. With these appointments, Liverpool can be confident the best people are focused on bringing more success and equality to the city.