New-look Ashfield District Council unveils its Cabinet

OUT AND ABOUT -- Coun Cheryl Butler (Lab), who has been appointed the new leader of Ashfield District Council.
OUT AND ABOUT -- Coun Cheryl Butler (Lab), who has been appointed the new leader of Ashfield District Council.

Fresh from landing an increased majority at the local elections, the ruling Labour group has announced its Cabinet to take charge of Ashfield District Council.

Labour has control of the council after winning 22 of its 35 seats. The other 13 are made up of five Liberal Democrats, four Conservatives and four Independents.

The seven-strong Cabinet will be spearheaded by the new leader of the council, Coun Cheryl Butler. Previously deputy leader, Coun Butler, who represents the Kirkby Cross and Portland ward and works in education, steps up to replace Coun Chris Baron.

The new deputy leader will be Coun Don Davis, of the Annesley and Kirkby Woodhouse ward. Coun Davis has worked in retail IT solutions for more than 20 years, acquiring a wealth of experience in business and manufacturing. He says he is looking forward to helping the economic growth of Ashfield.

The rest of the Cabinet is made up of portfolio holders for the council’s key departments. Heading the environment department is keen gardener and allotment-holder Coun Tim Brown, of Central and New Cross.

In charge of community safety and engagement is new Hucknall Central councillor Nicolle Ndiweni, a self-employed businesswoman and passionate campaigner on many issues. Hucknall colleague Coun Keir Morrison is portfolio holder for housing and asset management. A painter and decorator, he is an active trade union representative.

Completing the Cabinet are Kirkby duo, Coun Jackie James (corporate services), who works in retail finance, and the vastly experienced Coun Jim Aspinall (health and wellbeing).

THE new leader of Ashfield District Council says she “passionately believes that working as a team will bring about the best future for Ashfield”.

Coun Cheryl Butler (Lab), who lives in Kirkby, says she is “looking forward to working with all stakeholders” in her job. “My previous position as deputy leader has put me in good stead,” she added.

Coun Butler’s background is varied in both the public and private sector. She has worked in education for the last 20 years and has sat on numerous voluntary committees.