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Redbridge Council announces a new and expanded Cabinet

Published: 7 January 2021

Redbridge Council Leader Cllr Jas Athwal has today announced his new expanded Council Cabinet.

From today, Fullwell ward Councillor, Cllr Vanisha Solanki, will join the Cabinet as the Member responsible for Housing and Homelessness. Wanstead Village ward Councillor, Cllr Jo Blackman will serve as the Cabinet Member for Environment and Civic Pride and Valentines ward Councillor, Cllr Khayer Chowdhury will join the Cabinet as the Member for Crime and Community Cohesion.

The Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal said “I am delighted to welcome Jo, Vanisha and Khayer to the Cabinet. Their drive and passion for delivering for local people will help us to build our vision for a better borough.”

“Throughout the pandemic our Cabinet have worked hard to support and protect local people across Redbridge and our new team will continue to do so”

Cllr Blackman will join as the Cabinet Member for Environment and Civic Pride, reflecting the Council’s ongoing commitment to tackling the climate emergency and keeping our neighbourhoods clean and green.

Cllr Solanki will join as Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness, continuing the Council’s work to overcome the housing crisis by building 600 brand new council homes and furthering our ambition to eradicate homelessness in Redbridge.

Cllr Khayer Chowdhury will join as the Cabinet Member for Crime and Community Cohesion, working closely with the local police to cut crime and anti-social behaviour in the borough.

Cllr John Howard will move to a new expanded role as Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, coordinating the Council’s work supporting local high streets and working with the voluntary sector, areas which are especially critical during the ongoing pandemic.

Deputy Leader Cllr Kam Rai will continue to serve as the Cabinet Member for Finance in addition to a new role overseeing Leisure and Culture.

Following the reshuffle, the Redbridge Council Cabinet has increased from 9 to 10 members and is the most diverse cabinet in the history of Redbridge Council.

Redbridge Council’s Full Cabinet is now:

Cllr Jas Athwal, Cabinet Member for Growth and Operations

Cllr Kam Rai, Cabinet Member for Finance, Leisure and culture

Cllr Mark Santos, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health

Cllr Elaine Norman, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

Cllr Sheila Bain, Cabinet Member for Planning and Planning Enforcement

Cllr Helen Coomb, Cabinet Member for Transformation and digital

Cllr John Howard, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities

Cllr Vanisha Solanki, Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness

Cllr Jo Blackman, Cabinet Member for Environment and Civic Pride

Cllr Khayer Chowdhury, Cabinet Member for Crime, Safety and Community Cohesion

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