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New Council Cabinet

Date published: 12 December 2017

The new leader of Rochdale Borough Council, Councillor Allen Brett, will present the new cabinet positions to a meeting of the council on Wednesday (13 December) evening.

Main changes

  • Councillor John Blundell takes over from Councillor Richard Farnell as the Cabinet Member for Regeneration.
  • Councillor Sara Rowbotham replaces Councillor Jacqui Beswick as the Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing.
  • Councillor Liam O’Rourke replaces Councillor Peter Williams as the Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Employment.
  • Councillor Kieran Heakin becomes the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, replacing Councillor Donna Martin.


Cabinet position Cabinet member Assistant cabinet member
Corporate and resources Councillor Allen Brett Councillor Asim Rashid
Regeneration Councillor John Blundell Councillor Shah Wazir
Health and wellbeing Councillor Sara Rowbotham Councillor Sameena Zaheer
Business, skills and employment Councillor Liam O’Rourke Councillor John Hartley
Neighbourhoods, community and culture Councillor Janet Emsley Councillor Daniel Meredith
Housing and environment Councillor Neil Emmott Councillor Linda Robinson
Children’s services Councillor Kieran Heakin Councillor Donna Martin
Adult care Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed Councillor Billy Sheerin
Planning and development Councillor Daalat Ali Councillor Ali Ahmed


It is not yet known who Councillor Brett will appoint as deputy leaders.

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