Executive members

Individual executive members appointed to the positions or holding the cabinet member responsibilities mentioned below may discharge any executive function falling within or to any extent touching upon the areas of responsibility described, subject to the limitations identified.

Members of the executive

The executive consists of the following members:

Leader of the Council - Councillor Simon Blackburn

The Leader will provide Executive Leadership to the Council on all matters and particularly all major strategic, corporate cross-cutting, financial reputational and commercially sensitive issues. The Leader of the Council is also the Lead Member for Adult Social Care. A Cabinet Assistant (Councillor Jo Farrell) has been appointed under para 6.1 of article 7 of the Constitution to assist the Leader.

He may without prejudice discharge any executive function and has a particular responsibility for the following functional areas:

  • Public communications
  • Customer First
  • Strategy development and research
  • Audit
  • Human resources
  • Legal and governance services
  • Financial management
  • Commissioned services for adults
  • Relationships with Blackpool Airport Companies
  • Council’s representative on the Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Lancashire Combined Authority
  • Regulated care sector/ inspection / quality monitoring
  • Adult social care assessment and support
  • Adult respite, day services, Care at Home, supported living and residential services
  • Provider market development
  • Reablement and intermediate care
  • Adult provider services
  • Adult safeguarding
  • Adult mental health, learning disability, frail older people and physical disability services
  • Health Integration including funding and services delivery
  • Health and Wellbeing Strategy
  • Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
  • Public health - commissioning of public health services
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Affordable warmth
  • Local Authority Declaration on Healthy Weight
  • Drug and alcohol harm reduction
  • Tobacco harm reduction
  • Sexual health and blood bourne virus prevention
  • NHS Health Checks
  • Hospital discharge and prevention of admissions
  • Council's representation on Learning Disability Partnership Board

 Contact Councillor Blackburn 

Cabinet Member for Projects and Partnerships – Councillor Ivan Taylor

The Cabinet Member for Project and Partnerships has responsibility for the following areas:

  • Large projects
  • Partnerships
  • Delivery Unit progress
  • Council Efficiency Programme
  • Relationship with Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Shareholder's Advisor Board

Contact Councillor Taylor

Deputy Leader of the Council (Tourism and Place) -Councillor Gillian Campbell

In the absence of the Leader, the Deputy Leader may without prejudice discharge any executive function. The Deputy Leader (Tourism and Place) may also without prejudice discharge any executive function within the ‘Place’ portfolio which covers the following cabinet member areas:

  • Housing and welfare reform
  • Environmental, transport and climate change
  • Business, enterprise and job creation
  • Community cohesion and leisure

and she also provides strategic leadership with overall responsibility for strategy, policy and plan development, in these cabinet member areas.

A Cabinet Member Assistant (Councillor Kim Critchley) has been appointed under paragraph 6.1 of article 7 of the constitution to assist the Deputy Leader (Tourism and Place).

The Deputy Leader has direct responsibility for the following functional areas (Place and Tourism):

  • Tourism and marketing services
  • Built heritage
  • Illuminations
  • Public protection including environmental protection, trading standards, licensing, food control, health and safety enforcement and planning enforcement
  • Highways and transportation policy
  • Blackpool Central Project
  • Blackpool Museum Project
  • Green and Blue Infrastructure Strategy
  • Contracts, policy and purchasing
  • Anti-social behaviour risk assessment conference (ASBRAC)
  • “BSafe” – Blackpool Community Safety Partnership and its plan
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Relationships with Blackpool Entertainment Company Limited (Winter Gardens) and other leisure assets (Merlin) Blackpool Tower complex and associated buildings
  • Relationships with the Blackpool Operating Company Limited  (Sandcastle)
  • Relationships with Blackpool Transport Services Limited

Contact Councillor Campbell

Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform – Councillor Neal Brookes

The Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform has responsibility for the following areas:

  • Development of affordable housing
  • Supported housing
  • New Homes Strategy
  • Homelessness
  • Private sector housing licensing/ selective licensing
  • Housing options
  • Homes in multiple occupation (HMOs)
  • Housing related support
  • Decent homes
  • Relationships with housing agency and residents associations
  • Housing adaptations
  • Relationship with Blackpool Coastal Housing Limited
  • Transience
  • Relationship with the Blackpool Housing Company Limited
  • Housing enforcement
  • Direct Payments, personal health budgets and Brokerage
  • Council Tax Reduction Scheme
  • Relationship with Department for Work and Pensions and Job Centre Plus

Contact Councillor Brookes

Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Climate Change - Councillor Fred Jackson

The Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Climate Change has responsibility for the following areas:

  • Working to reduce the Council and partners' footprint
  • Mitigating the impact of climate change on Blackpool
  • Energy and environment
  • Reducing single use plastics
  • Flood and water management
  • Coastal defences schemes
  • Sea Water Quality
  • Fylde Peninsula Water Management Partnership
  • Street lighting PFI including street lighting, traffic signals and illuminated bollards and signs
  • Highways and traffic management including highways maintenance, residents' parking, network management, capital schemes, bus stops and highways inspection arrangements
  • Integrated transports services and Central Vehicle Maintenance Unit (CVMU) including adults, children and Rideability Community Transport Services and school crossing patrol
  • Street cleansing including Local Environment Action Team and pest control
  • Relationship with Blackpool Waste Company Limited

Contact Councillor Jackson

Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Job Creation – Councillor Mark Smith

The Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Job Creation has responsibility for the following areas:

  • Economic development including growth and prosperity
  • Enterprise Zones
  • Regeneration opportunities
  • Getting people into work including Positive Steps, Youth Employment and Education and Business Growth Prosperity
  • Business Improvement District (BID)
  • Planning and land use
  • Parking services
  • Building services
  • Asset management/ Council owned properties
  • Contact Councillor Smith

Cabinet Member for Community Cohesion and Leisure - Councillor Maria Kirkland

The Cabinet Member for Community Cohesion and has responsibility for the following areas:

  • Parks and green environment including Stanley Park, Marton Mere Nature Reserve and ecological areas and grounds maintenance
  • Support and promotion for Friends of Parks' Groups
  • Leisure services including leisure management, PE and schools' sports and outdoor pursuits
  • Community engagement and consultation
  • Asset based community development
  • Fairness commission
  • Promoting use of volunteers
  • Equality and diversity
  • Registrars and coroner’s support
  • Cemetery and crematorium

Contact Councillor Kirkland

 Deputy Leader (Children) – Councillor Lynn Williams 

Statutory Lead Member for Children’s Services under the Children’s Act 2004

The Deputy Leader (Children) may without prejudice discharge any executive function within the ‘Children’ portfolio which covers the following cabinet member areas:

  • Schools, education and aspiration

He also provides strategic leadership with overall responsibility for strategy, policy and plan development, in these cabinet member areas.

A Cabinet Member Assistant (Councillor Paula Burdess) has been appointed under paragraph 6.1 of article 7 of the constitution to assist the Deputy Leader (Children).

The Deputy Leader also has direct responsibility for the following functional areas (Children):

  • Children's Social Care and targeted intervention services to include:
    • Access to Services
    • Children in Need/ Child Protection
    • In care - Corporate Parenting Strategy
    • Fostering/ Adoption Placements
    • Combatting exploitation
    • Care Leavers
    • Youth Offending Team (YOT)
    • Early Help
    • Children's Homes
  • Children’s commissioning
  • Children and Young People Strategic Partnerships
  • Children's Inspectorate Framework (Social care and youth offending)
  • Safeguarding (Local Safeguarding Childrens Board)
  • 'Getting to Good' partnerships - Youth Offending Team and children's social care
  • Council’s representative on Headstart
  • Health and social care integration including Better Care Fund
  • Health and Wellbeing Board

 Contact Councillor Lynn Williams

  Cabinet Member for Schools, Education and Aspiration - Councillor Kathryn Benson

The cabinet member for Schools, Education and Aspiration has responsibility for the following areas:

  • Inclusion
  • Blackpool School Improvement Board
  • Children’s inspectorate framework (Schools)
  • Outdoor learning
  • School place planning, organisation and buildings
  • Education diversity and support units/ service e.g. pupil referral units
  • Council's representative on Schools Forum
  • Adult, community and family learning
  • Children with Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • SEND Inspectorate framework
  • Early years
  • Council’s representative on the Better Start Board
  • Children and Young People - health visiting, Family Nurse Partnership, school nursing and Personal Social and Health Education (PHSE)
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Contact Councillor Benson