The Leader of Wyre Forest District Council, Councillor Marcus Hart, earlier today (Monday 27 February) informed Councillors of changes that he is making to membership and portfolios within his Cabinet.

Councillor Sara Fearn has stood down from the Cabinet and resigned from the Council as a result of her forthcoming relocation to Devon. She had served as Cabinet Member for Transformation and Change since May 2015.

Councillor Hart said “I am very sorry to lose Sara Fearn’s services from my Cabinet and also to see her contribution as a District and Town Councillor in Stourport-on-Severn come to an end. She has provided effective leadership for her portfolio and brought fresh perspectives to the work of the Cabinet, but I understand entirely her decision to stand down given her impending relocation to the South West. I know that colleagues on the Council will join me in wishing her well for the future.”  

Sara Fearn said

"It has been an honour to represent the people of Stourport-on-Severn and I am sad to have to step down. Whilst a member of WFDC I have been greatly impressed by my fellow councillors, who all work long and hard for the people in their wards. I also cannot speak highly enough of the staff and officers of the council, whose commitment, experience and ability make the many services we provide possible. I have been proud to work with people whose integrity and talent provide strong, consistent and often innovative leadership to Wyre Forest District Council."

Councillor Chris Rogers joins the Cabinet and has been appointed as Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Well-being. He was Chairman of the Council in 2015/16 and is Vice-Chairman of the Planning Committee. He will continue in the latter role for the remainder of the municipal year, and the Council will appoint a new Vice-Chairman for the Planning Committee at its meeting in May.

Councillor Hart said “I was pleased to invite Chris Rogers to join the Cabinet. He is an experienced councillor, having filled a number of senior roles, and I look forward to his contribution in the Cabinet. I have taken the opportunity to align the portfolios of Cabinet members more closely with the management structure and also to reflect the heightened importance of housing, following the Government’s Housing White Paper.”

The vacancy on the District Council created by the resignation of Councillor Fearn has been advertised by the returning officer and it is expected that a by-election will be held on Thursday 4 May. The vacancy on Stourport-on-Severn Town Council will also be advertised.

The next meeting of the Cabinet will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 14 March 2017 and will be open to the public. The meeting will also be webcast and can be viewed at

Cabinet portfolios, February 2017

Councillor Marcus Hart

Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Strategy

    • Strategic policy co-ordination
    • National & Regional Influence
    • Oversight of strategic projects including Wyre Forest House and depot investment project
    • Localism agenda including asset transfers; relations with parish councils
    • Emergency planning
    • Partnerships, policy and performance
    • Communication & branding


Councillor Ian Hardiman

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration


  • Forward planning, local development framework
  • Development Control
  • Building Control
  • Land charges
  • Building maintenance and facilities management
    • Economic Development & Regeneration
    • Town Centres
    • Tourism
    • Regeneration schemes including town centre developments in Kidderminster, Bewdley Load Street, Lloyds Garage site
    • Development of assets to support regeneration and increase income


Councillor Nathan Desmond

Cabinet Member for Resources


  • Finance & Audit
  • Legal services
  • Democratic services
  • Human resources
  • Revenues & benefits
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Wyre Forest Forward
  • Equality & diversity
    • Customer Services 


Councillor Juliet Smith

Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Community Protection


  • Cultural and leisure services
  • Countryside service
  • Community Safety
    • Regulatory services
    • Income generation, safeguarding, relations with voluntary sector

Councillor Rebecca Vale

Cabinet Member for Operational Services

  • Parks and open spaces
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Waste Reduction
  • Parking Services
    • Refuse Collection & Recycling
    • Fleet Management
    • Street Cleansing
    • Public Conveniences
    • Cemeteries
    • Health and safety

Councillor Chris Rogers

Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Well-being


    • Housing including Registered Social Landlords, Private Sector & Homelessness
  • Health and well-being
  • Sustainability