Published Monday 9 October 2017

A refreshed cabinet will be driving forward the ambition of the council as it works to bring in investment, jobs and talent to the borough following a significant transformation period.

The Royal Borough has transformed in the last year by delivering a variety of core services differently while ensuring that it still maintains the quality of services our residents need, as well as keeping our front door local and open for business.

The new model moves beyond shared services and even the sector’s early versions of commissioning, to an approach that sought the most effective way of delivering each service to maximise benefits to residents and staff, and minimise financial and organisational risk.

Cllr Simon Dudley, leader of the council, said: “The council has gone through a significant transformation, led by the cabinet, to ensure that we have an organisation that is fit to deliver what the borough and its residents need.

“We must now look ahead and work with our residents to create a borough that protects the best the area has to offer while bringing in the investment, jobs and talent we need to thrive.

“This requires different skills and I have put in place a refreshed team of colleagues to deliver on our ambitions. I am also pleased to be able to further bring forward the next generation of our councillors and enable them to sit on cabinet.”

The council’s transformation has seen the Royal Borough’s children’s services join Richmond and Kingston councils in an established and specialist community interest company with national reputation, called Achieving for Children.

For adult services we have joined with Wokingham Borough Council to be part of the local authority trading company we now co-own with them – Optalis.

Cllr Dudley added: “To reflect this huge period of transformation, I have made some changes to the cabinet. Cllr David Coppinger will now be the cabinet member for planning and health and Cllr Stuart Carroll will be cabinet member for adult services, public health and communications.

“I would like to thank Cllr Derek Wilson for all the hard work and dedication he has put into the planning role. He has put a huge amount of his personal time and effort into the building blocks for how we will plan the borough’s future prosperity.

“He has been heavily involved with the Borough Local Plan and seen it all the way through the consultation and I would like to thank him for that enormous piece of work.”

The new look cabinet posts are: 
•    Cllr David Coppinger, cabinet member for planning and health (including sustainability). 
•    Cllr Stuart Carroll, cabinet member for adult services, public health and communications.
•    Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for highways, transport and Windsor.
•    Cllr Ross McWilliams, principal member for housing and communications.
Cllr Derek Wilson will now be the chair of Maidenhead Development Management Panel.