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Simon Geraghty re-elected as leader of Worcestershire County Council

Published Thursday, 20th May 2021

Councillor Simon Geraghty has been re-elected the Leader of Worcestershire County Council.

The Conservative councillor first became leader of the council in January 2016 and following the first meeting of the new council at County Hall today, he will remain in this post.

Simon has represented the Riverside Division in Worcester for the County Council since 2005.

In total, 31 new councillors attended their first Council meeting at County Hall following the local elections on May 6.

Following his re-election at today's Full Council meeting he said: "I would like to thank the members of the council for re-electing me as the Leader of the Council. 

Councillor Geraghty has appointed Councillor Adrian Hardman, the Conservative councillor for Bredon to be his deputy.

The County Council’s new Cabinet will be made up of the following Councillors in the below posts: 

• Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Children and Families – Councillor Andy Roberts

• Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care – Councillor Adrian Hardman

• Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education – Councillor Marcus Hart 

• Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Health and Well Being – Councillor Karen May

• Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities – Councillor Matt Dormer 

• Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Corporate Services and Communication – Councillor Adam Kent 

• Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment – Councillor Tony Miller

• Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy & Skills - Councillor Marc Bayliss 

• Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways & Transport – Councillor Alan Amos

On announcing his new Cabinet Councillor Geraghty said: "In selecting my new Cabinet I was keen to have a team that can build on the positive progress we have made in the past five years since I first took on the role of Leader. I’d like to thank those Councillors who were on the previous Cabinet for all their hard work over the years.  I believe this new team will help us move forward and enable us to continue building on the positive changes we have delivered across Worcestershire in recent years. I am looking forward to working with them to take this county forward, as we recover from the pandemic. This Cabinet will work to deliver our ambitious agenda for the county, provide good quality services and deliver value for money.” 

The new Chairman of Worcestershire County Council for the next civic year is to be Steve Mackay, County Councillor for St Peter’s in Worcester,

Chris Rogers, the County Councillor for Stourport on Severn is to be the new Vice Chairman.