Council leader Tony Newman has today announced changes to his front bench team.
Stepping up to take on two key roles in the new cabinet will be Councillor Hamida Ali and Councillor Stuart King.
Councillor Ali, who has previously worked as deputy cabinet member for communities, safety and justice, will take the lead on the portfolio. She has recently acted as deputy to Councillor Simon Hall in finance and treasury, and led on high-profile areas of work around the Fairness Commission and the congress debate on tackling domestic violence.
She takes over from Councillor Mark Watson who moves across to take the reins at economy and jobs. Previous portfolio holder Councillor Toni Letts is set to become deputy mayor.
After working as deputy to Councillor Stuart Collins on the Don’t Mess with Croydon campaign, Councillor King will replace Councillor Kathy Bee, who is stepping down from the cabinet, in transport and environment. The role is being expanded to tackle a wider environmental remit to include issues such as air quality.
“I’m really pleased to be welcoming Hamida and Stuart to the cabinet. I have been really impressed with their work in helping to deliver some of the administration’s key priorities and I’m looking forward to working with them through the exciting changes ahead of us.
“We’ve had a really successful two years, and I’d like to thank Kathy and Toni for their excellent contribution and experience in helping to push forward with our manifesto. But we still have so much more to do and I believe we have the right team in place to continue to deliver the best for our residents at such an important time for Croydon.”
Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council
The remaining cabinet positions are unaltered.