Leader of Solihull Council, Ken Meeson, has reshuffled his cabinet at the start of the new municipal year.
As well as his duties as leader, Coun Meeson will be resuming responsibility for the council’s biggest department - children and young people - with the previous cabinet member, Joe Tildesley, becoming mayor.
The only new face at the top table is Silhill councillor Robert Hulland - who takes the resources brief.
The leader has resisted calls to merge the community services and safer communities portfolios, with both Kate Wild and Diana Holl-Allen remaining in-situ. The pair’s departments have, however, been rebranded as environmental and community services and community cohesion and partnerships respectively.
Ian Courts (economic development), Bob Sleigh (health and wellbeing) and Ted Richards (transport) also keep their positions.
Coun Meeson said he had made sure that councillors from both the Solihull and Meriden constituencies were represented.
Labour leader David Jamieson said he was surprised that more of the Tories’ backbench councillors hadn’t been promoting, suggesting one of them could have been handed the education job.