The new county council Cabinet

In a recent blog post, I announced the appointment of County Councillor Alan White as the county council’s new Deputy Leader, after Ian Parry stepped down from the Cabinet last month,

Following on from this, I am now pleased to announce two new appointments to the county council’s Cabinet.  Mike Sutherland, who represents Etchinghill and Heath, takes up the role of Cabinet Member for Finance and Gill Burnett, who represents Kidsgrove, takes over from Mike as Cabinet Support Member for Adult Safeguarding.

I am delighted that both Mike and Gill are taking up these two important roles and although they are both new to the county council they bring with them a wealth of experience in local politics.  With a growing ageing population funding of social care, proactively managing the financial challenges and of course safeguarding the most vulnerable in our communities continue to be key priorities for the council.

The full cabinet membership now is:

Philip Atkins – Leader of the Council. Philip will also take on responsibility for Corporate Matters

Alan White – Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

Gill Heath – Cabinet Member for Communities

Mark Deaville – Cabinet Member for Commercial

Mike Sutherland – Cabinet Member for Finance

Mark Sutton – Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

Mark Winnington – Cabinet Member for Economic Growth

Gill Burnett – Cabinet Support Member for Adult Safeguarding

Helen Fisher – Cabinet Support Member for Highways and Transport

Philip White – Cabinet Support Member for Learning and Employability


After all the stress of school exams in July, we are now in the midst of exam results season.  Last week saw students across the county receive their A Level results, allowing them to make important decisions about their future career.  There is now more choice than ever for education after A-Levels, whether it’s through university, college or apprenticeships.  We know not everyone is suited to pursuing an academic path, so it’s important they get the right advice and guidance to make sure the path they take is the right one for them.

Every young person in the county should be proud of their achievements, and I want to wish those who received their A Level results last week every success in the future, whatever path they take.  Similarly, I would like to wish those received their GCSE results this Thursday (August 24) the very best of luck.

The county council’s website has a wealth of information about choosing the right path after A-Levels.  Visit to learn more.

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