Windsor & Maidenhead chief reshuffles cabinet
A NEW member has joined the Cabinet of Royal Borough Council Leader Andrew Johnson (Con: Hurley & Walthams) in a minor reshuffle.
Cllr Gurpreet Bhangra (Con: Boyn Hill) has taken the environmental services, parks and campaign portfolio from Cllr David Coppinger (Con: Bray), who is now responsible for adult social care and Maidenhead.
Former senior member of adult social care, Cllr Stuart Carroll (Con: Boyn Hill), will still be the portfolio holder for children’s services, education, health, mental health and transformation.
Announcing the minor reshuffle at Thursday’s cabinet meeting, Cllr Johnson said it gives better direction to reshape its adult social care delivery in a post-Covid world which will bring greater fiscal stability and better outcomes for the residents.
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He also thanked Cllr Carroll for delivering ‘outstanding results’ and asked him to put ‘extra emphasis’ on education in the future.
Cllr Coppinger was previously a senior member of Adult Services and Health where he played an ‘instrumental’ role in setting up the joint Adult Social Care Service with Wokingham Borough Council known as Optalis.
The council leader said: “David will continue to work closely with Cllr Stuart Carroll around a shared vision for the further integration of social care and adult health, as well as continuing to hold the NHS responsible for the provision of health services within the Royal Arrondissement.
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“This involves ensuring the NHS develops and implements a future vision for how it sees the delivery of healthcare, including an increased role for St Marks Hospital and the delivery of a new center medical at Ascot and the Sunnings.”
Advisors Donna Stimson, David Cannon, Ross McWilliams, Phil Haseler, Samantha Rayner and David Hilton saw no change in their respective portfolios.
Nine senior advisers are now part of Cllr Johnson’s cabinet, which is the maximum allowed under the council’s constitution.