Leadership of the Council

What is 'the Cabinet'?

The Leader of the Council chairs Cabinet meetings, and chooses the Councillors who will form the Cabinet.

Cabinet meetings take place 12 times a year. Any decision with a financial impact, whether it be a cost or saving, above £100,000 is normally decided by a Cabinet member or by all Cabinet members sitting collectively.

The Cabinet has overall responsibility for services in Derby and works within the overall policies and budget agreed by the Council. It makes recommendations to the Full Council on key items of policy and the annual budget.

Cllr Banwait Leader of the Council - Councillor Ranjit Banwait

Ranjit Banwait was born and brought up in Normanton, Derby. He attended Dale Primary School and then Village Community School off the Austin Estate.

The son of postman with 35 years' experience at Derby Royal Mail and a school cleaner, Ranjit became the first person in his family to attend university, graduating from the University of Kent. After a short spell living in London he moved back to Derby to settle down and raise a family.

He is married and lives in Alvaston with his wife Lucy and son Sebastian. He has been a councillor for Boulton since 2006.

Responsibilities include:

  • overall strategic leadership
  • human resources
  • legal services
  • democracy
  • policy and research
  • engagement and consultation
  • communications
  • property and estates.

Cllr Rawson Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning, Environment and Regeneration - Councillor Martin Rawson

Martin Rawson became a councillor for Derwent ward in a 2005 by-election that contributed to Labour taking control of Derby City Council. Martin has sat on several overview and scrutiny commissions as well as committees dealing with licensing, personnel and audit and accounts. He spent two years as Cabinet Member for Children and Young People from May 2012 before becoming Deputy Leader of the Council and taking ownership of the Planning, Environment and Regeneration portfolio two years later.  

Responsibilities include:

  • inward investment and regeneration
  • environmental health and licensing
  • Trading Standards
  • crematorium and cemeteries
  • climate change
  • development control
  • spatial planning
  • maintenance and energy
  • facilities management

Councillor AfzalCabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Streetpride - Councillor Asaf Afzal

Proud to be born and bred in Derby and raised and educated at local schools in Chaddesden, Asaf Afzal was elected as a councillor in May 2011.

He has represented the Council on a range of forums and committees such as the Disabled People’s Diversity Forum and the Minority Communities Diversity Forum, as well sitting on Planning Control Committee and Conservation Area Advisory Committee. Asaf’s experiences on these committees and as chair of the Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Board have placed him well to fulfil his new role as Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Streetpride.

Responsibilities include:

  • traffic and transportation
  • grounds maintenance and cleansing
  • highways and engineering
  • waste management and disposal
  • communities
  • neighbourhood partnerships.

Cllr Repton Cabinet Member for Adults and Health  - Councillor Martin Repton

Martin Repton was first elected to the council in 1987 and has served in a variety of positions since then. Prior to assuming his current Council Cabinet portfolio, Martin has been responsible for areas including planning and transport, lesiure and culture and was previously Deputy Leader of the Council.

Martin's professional background was in commerce before moving into the probation service and into adult social services. Most recently, Martin was a community mental health professional.

Responsibilities include:

  • assessment and support planning
  • enablement services
  • access and direct services
  • safeguarding adults
  • public health
  • care and support
  • sector development.

Cllr Russell Cabinet Member for Housing, Finance and Welfare  - Councillor Sarah Russell

Sarah Russell is originally from Sheffield but moved to Derby to study. She is a University of Derby law graduate who became heavily involved in local campaigns, leading calls to protect care homes and children's centres in the city during 2010/11.

Sarah was elected as councillor for Abbey ward in a by-election in 2011, retaining the seat for a further four-year term 12 months later. Sarah became the youngest Council Cabinet member in the country in May 2012 when she assumed the portfolio for Business, Finance and Democracy aged 22.

Responsibilities include:

  • finance and procurement
  • revenue and benefits
  • housing strategy
  • housing options service
  • empty homes
  • Derby Homes
  • housing development

Cllr Shanker Cabinet Member for Governance and Transformation - Councillor Baggy Shanker

The son of a foundry worker, Baggy Shanker became a councillor for Sinfin in 2008. Having previously sat on regulatory committees and overview and scrutiny commissions, Derby-born Baggy became Cabinet member for Housing and Advice in 2012.

Baggy has a wealth of experience working in some of Derby's largest organisations. After working at British Celanese for 23 years, he then joined Rolls-Royce in 2012.

Responsibilities include:

  • customer services
  • business support
  • ICT and business systems
  • performance and improvement
  • transformation
  • corporate health and saftey
  • governance and assurance.

Cllr HussainCabinet Member for Children and Young People - Councillor Fareed Hussain

Fareed Hussain came to live in Derby in 1974. After a variety of jobs in private industry and a short spell as self-employed restaurateur, he became a Day Worker in Social Services with Derbyshire County Council in 1985.

Fareed was elected to Derby City Council in 1991, representing, Babington Ward and has served Arboretum Ward since 2002. He has played a lead role in shaping children's services in the city over recent years as Chair of overview and scrutiny commissions and as Cabinet Member.

Responsibilities include:

  • school organisation and provision
  • quality, standards and performance
  • inclusion and intervention
  • early interventions
  • safeguarding children
  • children in carea
  • adult learning.

Councillor MartinCabinet Member for Leisure and Culture - Councillor Alison Martin

Alison Martin is proud to have been elected Councillor for Boulton Ward in 2012. Having grown up in Castle Donington, she became the first member of her family to go to university, studying at Durham then Warwick. She has since lived most of her life in Derby and worked as a university lecturer whilst bringing up her daughter and son.

Alison has been an active member of Council Scrutiny Boards and the Boards of outside bodies such as Derby Homes and the Derby and Derbyshire Rail Forum. In 2013 she became Chair of the Resources and Governance Scrutiny Board before being appointed to the Cabinet in 2014.

Responsibilities include:

  • Deby LIVE
  • museums and libraries
  • parks and open Spaces
  • Livewell
  • leisure facilities.

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