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.

In circumstances where a Cabinet Member is absent or otherwise unable to act or the position is vacant, the Leader may arrange for Executive functions in respect of the relevant areas of responsibility to be discharged, in whole or in part, by one or more other Cabinet Members (including the Deputy Leader).

Members of the executive

The executive consists of the following members:

Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Children's Services - Councillor Lynn Williams 

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

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.

A Cabinet Assistant (Councillor David Collett) has been appointed under para 6.1 of article 7 of the Constitution to assist the Leader of the Council.

The Leader 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


 As Statutory Lead Member for Children’s Services under the Children’s Act 2004 she has direct responsibility for the following functional areas:

  • 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

Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Projects and Partnerships – Councillor Ivan Taylor

In the absence or unavailability of the Leader of the Council, the Deputy Leader of the Council may in line with the Council’s Constitution exercise the powers of the Leader of the Council and may without prejudice discharge any executive function.

  • Large projects
  • Partnerships
  • Delivery Unit progress
  • Council Efficiency Programme
  • Relationship with Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Shareholder's Advisor Board Lead Member
  • Contracts, policy and purchasing
  • Council's representative on the shadow Lancashire Combined Authority
  • Relationships with Blackpool Airport companies
  • Council's representative on the Local Enterprise Partnership

Contact Councillor Taylor

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


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
  • Direct Payments, personal health budgets and Brokerage
  • Council Tax Reduction Scheme
  • Relationship with Department for Work and Pensions and Job Centre Plus
  • Anti-Social Behaviour Risk Assessment Conference (ASBRAC)
  • "B-Safe" - Blackpool Community Safety Partnership and it's plan
  • Housing Enforcement

Contact Councillor Brookes

Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture -Councillor Gillian Campbell

The Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture has the responsibility for the following areas:

  • Tourism and marketing services
  • Built heritage
  • Illuminations
  • Arts, culture and Grundy Art Gallery
  • Libraries
  • Blackpool Central Project
  • Blackpool Museum Project
  • 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)
  • Tourism-based regeneration

Contact Councillor Campbell

Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health – Councillor Jo Farrell

The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health has responsibility for the following areas:

  • 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 including Commissioned services for adults
  • 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
  • Domestic Abuse

Contact Councillor Farrell

Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment - Councillor Jim Hobson 

The Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment 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
  • Green and Blue Infrastructure Strategy
  • Highway and transportation policy
  • Public protection including environmental protection, Trading Standards, licensing, food control, health and safety enforcement and planning enforcement
  • Relationships with Blackpool Transport Services Limited
  • Relationship with Blackpool Waste Company Limited (trading as 'Enveco')

Contact Councillor Hobson

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

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 based regeneration including growth and prosperity
  • Enterprise Zones
  • 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