The Cabinet

Information about the role of the Cabinet, which councillors sit on it, who chairs the meetings, when are the meetings, are they open to the public, can members of the public speak and how and when can you view agendas and minutes.

What is the role of the Cabinet?

The Cabinet's role is to implement all decisions within existing council policy and budget and to advise the full council on policies, plans, strategies and fixing the council budget and council tax. No individual member of the Cabinet has any decision-making authority.

The Cabinet's full terms of reference and delegated functions can be viewed in the council's constitution.

Which councillors sit on the Cabinet?

The Cabinet is made up of 10 councillors, the Leader, the Deputy Leader and eight portfolio holders:

Leader of the Council and Cabinet Chairman
 Responsibility  Cabinet Member

Overview of all council functions including:

  • Strategic issues
  • Capital and Asset Strategy
  • Finance
  • Sub-regional and Regional Governance

Councillor Jonathan Owen


Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Vice Chairman
 Responsibility  Cabinet Member
  • Corporate Services

Councillor John Holtby


Portfolio Holders
 Portfolio and responsibilities Cabinet Member

Adults, Health and Wellbeing     

  • Adult and Carer Services
  • Local health and system partnership working
 Councillor Vanessa Walker

Children and Young People's Education, Health and Wellbeing

Designated Lead Member for all services for children and young people

Councillor Victoria Aitken

Economic Growth and Tourism

  • Inward investment

  • Rural Economy
  • Strategic Tourism
  • Town Centre Prosperity
 Councillor Jane Evison

Environment and Climate Change

  • Streetscene Services

  • Highways
  • Waste
  • Flooding
  • Emergency Planning
 Councillor Chris Matthews

Public Health and Tackling Inequalities

  • Public Protection
  • Licensing
  • Environmental Health
  • Council Housing
  • Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
 Councillor Kerri Harold

Planning, Infrastructure and Housing

  • Strategic Planning
  • Planning Delivery
  • Strategic Infrastructure
  • Strategic Housing Policy
 Councillor Gary McMaster

Cultural and Leisure Assets

  • Cultural Buildings

  • Heritage Assets

  • Foreshores

  • Leisure Centres and services provided by them               

 Councillor Mike Medini

Community Involvement and Voluntary Sector

  • Town and Parish Council Liaison (building on lessons learnt from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic around community development)
Councillor David Elvidge

Who chairs the meetings?

Councillor Owen chairs meetings of The Cabinet.

When are the meetings?

Meetings of the Cabinet take place approximately every three to four weeks:

Date Time Venue
Tuesday, 12 October 2021
10.30 am
County Hall, Beverley*
Tuesday, 2 November 2021 10.30 am County Hall, Beverley
Tuesday, 23 November 2021 10.30 am County Hall, Beverley
Tuesday, 14 December 2021 10.30 am County Hall, Beverley
Tuesday, 18 January 2022 10.30 am County Hall, Beverley
Tuesday, 1 February 2022 10.30 am County Hall, Beverley
Tuesday, 1 March 2022 10.30 am  County Hall, Beverley
Tuesday, 22 March 2022 10.30 am County Hall, Beverley
Tuesday, 19 April 2022 10.30 am County Hall, Beverley

* Public and press attendance at meetings?

Seating in the public gallery is limited, therefore places must be booked in advance by contacting the Committee Manager on the contact details below. Members of the public and press are encouraged to view proceedings on the council's committee YouTube channel where the meeting can be viewed live or at a later date.

Are meetings open to the public?

Yes. All meetings of the Cabinet are open to the public, but there may be some matters which will be considered in private. During such situations, members of the public will be asked to leave the meeting at this point. The circumstances under which we can consider matters in private are tightly controlled by law.

However, in accordance with the Local Authorities Regulations 2012, members of the public may make representation to the Chief Executive regarding the exclusion for the considering of exempt items. For more information please see the following document:

Notice of Exempt Information to be Considered in Private by the Cabinet (pdf 62kb)

Meetings can also be accessed via the council's committee YouTube channel where meetings can be viewed live, or at a later date. 


Please note: refreshments are not normally available for members of the public to access at meetings.

Can I record, film, take photographs or use social media during meetings?

Yes. New legislation means that you can film, record, take photos and use social media during open meetings. For more information please visit the photography, filming and social media use page.

Can members of the public speak at meetings?

No. Members of the public are not permitted to ask questions or speak at Cabinet meetings.

How and when can I view agenda and minutes of meetings?

Agendas and reports for the Cabinet are placed on public deposit five clear working days before each meeting and can be viewed by selecting the relevant agenda or minute below.

Reports containing exempt or confidential matters will not, however, be available.

Minutes from Cabinet meetings are placed on public deposit no later than 5.00pm on the day following each meeting and can be viewed by selecting the relevant agenda or minutes below.

Please note:
agendas and minutes of meetings prior to those available online may be obtained by contacting the committee manager, Liz Russell:

Email: liz.russell@eastriding.gov.uk

Tel: (01482) 393330

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Democratic Services
County Hall
Cross Street
East Riding of Yorkshire 
HU17 9BA

What is the Forward Plan of Key Decisions?

The Forward Plan of Key Decisions contains matters which are likely to be subject of a key decision.

The council has defined a key decision as any decision which falls under one or more of the following definitions:

  • Any decision relating to the approval of or variation to the council’s policy framework or budget which is reserved in the council’s constitution for determination by full council on a recommendation from the Cabinet (any recommended to council item), or
  • Any decision made by the Cabinet in the course of developing proposals to the full council to amend the Policy Framework. This includes decisions made to amend draft policies for the purposes of consultation, or
  • Any decision which will result in income, expenditure or savings with a gross full year effect of £500,000 or greater whether or not the item has been included in the relevant approved budget with the exception of expenditure which is required for the day to day provision of services (e.g. day to day supplies, payment of energy bills, etc.), or
  • Any decision which is likely to have a significant impact on people living or working in communities in two or more wards with the exception of decisions that involve two or more wards simply because of the carrying out of a programme of works.

How can I view the Forward Plan of Key Decisions?

Forward plans are prepared to cover a period of four months, beginning with the first day of any month. They are prepared on a monthly basis and subsequent plans will cover a period beginning with the first day of the second month covered in the preceding plan.

To view the current Forward Plan of Key Decisions please use the link below:

Forward Plan of Key Decisions (pdf 198kb)

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