The Leader of Wyre Forest District Council, Councillor Marcus Hart, earlier today (Friday 10 August) informed councillors of changes that he is making to portfolios within his Cabinet.

Councillor Chris Rogers is assuming most of the portfolio for Economic Regeneration and Planning which was previously held by Councillor Ian Hardiman. Councillor Hardiman replaces Councillor Rogers as Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Well-being and remains Deputy Leader. In addition, Councillor Hardiman retains responsibility for the local development plan.

Councillor Hart said “Councillor Hardiman’s portfolio has been exceptionally busy over the last 12 months, and I would like to pay tribute to what he has achieved in that time. We are entering a critical phase with the local development plan, and the pre-submission version is expected to be published for consultation later in 2018. I have therefore adjusted the portfolios to allow him the time that he needs to devote to leading this important work.”

“Our capital portfolio fund has been successfully launched under Ian’s oversight. The processes and policies have been established on a sound footing and we are regularly considering proposals for investments to generate revenue to help support local services. I am pleased to confirm that Councillor Nathan Desmond will now take on this area of responsibility.”

Councillor Hart was elected as Leader of the Council in May 2015 for the period to May 2019. The full membership and portfolios of the Cabinet with effect from 10 August is as follows:

Councillor Ian Hardiman, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Well-being

Councillor Nathan Desmond, Cabinet Member for Resources

Councillor Juliet Smith, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Community Protection

Councillor Rebecca Vale, Cabinet Member for Operational Services

Councillor Chris Rogers, Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Planning

The portfolios of Cabinet members are set out in the attached table. There are no changes to the portfolios of Councillors Hart, Smith and Vale.

The next meeting of the Cabinet will be held at 6pm on Wednesday 19 September 2018 and will be open to the public. The meeting will also be webcast and can be viewed at


Cabinet portfolios, August 2018


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  Housing, Health and Well-being


  • Strategic Housing, Private Sector Housing & Homelessness
  • Spatial Planning including Local Plan
  • Land charges
  • Health and well-being
  • Sustainability
  • Water Management


Councillor Nathan Desmond

Cabinet Member for Resources


  • Finance & Audit
  • Legal services
  • Democratic services
  • Human resources
  • Revenues & benefits
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Building maintenance and facilities management
  • Wyre Forest Forward
  • Equality & diversity
  • Customer Services 
  • Capital portfolio fund, development loan fund


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 Economic Regeneration and Planning

  • Economic Development & Regeneration
  • Town Centres
  • Tourism
  • Implementation of major regeneration projects
  • Development Management
  • Building Control