Following the election on Tuesday 5th May 2011 the City of Lincoln Council’s new Labour administration announced its proposed Executive – the main decision-making committee at the authority.
The size of the Executive, which is effectively the ‘cabinet’ for the council, was reduced from eight members to six.
Corporate Management and Customer Services - Leader, Councillor Ric Metcalfe
Having worked in local government and served as a member of the council since 1982, Councillor Metcalfe’s ‘corporate management’ portfolio means he will provide direction to the council, oversee its strategic governance including financial management, and act as the council’s leading representative and spokesperson.
Recreational Services and Health – Deputy Leader, Councillor Donald Nannestad
Councillor Nannestad is a professional journalist who has been a member of the council since 1994. He has a passionate interest in seeing sporting opportunities developed for the whole community and reaping the health benefits from increased participation in sport.
Environmental Services and Public Protection – Councillor Fay Smith
Councillor Smith is a former local government officer who has been a member of the council for thirteen years and has previous experience of the ‘environment’ portfolio. She is very keen to promote recycling and to develop significantly the council’s programme for dealing with the effects of climate change.
Social Inclusion and Community Cohesion – Councillor Brent Charlesworth
Councillor Charlesworth is a retired university teacher. He has been a member of the City of Lincoln Council since 2007, but has previous experience as a councillor in Nottingham, where he served as the city’s Lord Mayor. He has a passion for addressing the needs of disadvantaged communities and will be leading the council’s efforts to reduce these disadvantages experienced by a number of communities in Lincoln.
Planning Policy and Economic Regeneration – Councillor Neil Murray
Councillor Murray holds a senior position in a social care organisation. He has been a member of the council since 1983 and has extensive experience in the ‘planning policy and economic regeneration’ portfolio. He is particularly concerned about high levels of young unemployed people in the city and will see this as one of his immediate priorities. Councillor Murray said: “We must get the local economy moving again, attract more inward investment and support local employment.”
Housing – Councillor Peter West
Councillor Peter West has been a member of the council since 1983 and assumed responsibility for the Housing portfolio in May 2012.