Bowden the only change to St Helens Council's top team

St Helens Star: Andy Bowden Andy Bowden

THE appointment of former Mayor of St Helens Andy Bowden to head public health is the only change to council leader Barrie Grunewald's new cabinet.

Cllr Bowden, whose term in the ambassadorial and non political role concluded last week, takes over the portfolio from Cllr Gareth Cross.

Bowden recently defeated Cross in a challenge for the deputy leadership of the St Helens Labour Group.

The nine-strong cabinet and their responsibilities are listed below.

  • Councillor Barrie Grunewald Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Strategy, Governance & External Affairs - responsible for Audit and Governance, City Region Cabinet, Economic Development, Equalities, External Affairs, Events, Euro Funding Grants to Voluntary Organisations, Local Enterprise Partnership, Local Government Association, Policy Development, Press and Public Relations, Town Twinning and Town Centre.
  • Councillor Jeff Fletcher Cabinet Member for Finance & Corporate Services - with responsibility for Budget Strategy & Implementation, Community Budgets, Financial Services, Legal Services Performance Management, Procurement , Quality Assurance and Social Inclusion.
  • Councillor Richard McCauley Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Housing, Planning & Community Safety - with responsibility for Asset Management, Building Control, Chamber of Commerce Liaison, Community Safety, Contracts Management, Corporate Estate, Corporate Events, Crime Prevention Crime and Disorder Strategies, Development Control, Helena Board, Housing & Homelessness, Libraries and Adult Learning, Neighbourhood Initiatives, Neighbourhood Management, Planning (LDF), Public Transport Policy, Private Sector Liaison, Renewal, Supporting People , Supply chain development, Tourism and Urban Regeneration.
  • Councillor Lynn Glover Cabinet Member for Early Years & Young People’s Services - with responsibility for Children’s Centres, Child Protection, Children’s Social Services, Early Years Development, Family Intervention, Fostering and Adoption, Red Bank, Safeguarding, Troubled Families Youth Offending, Youth Services and Volunteering.
  • Councillor Sue Murphy Cabinet Member for Schools & Lifelong Learning (Statutory Lead For Children’s Service) – with responsibility for Adult Education, College Intervention, Connexions, Education Welfare, Governor Services, Nursery Schools, Primary, Secondary and Special Schools and School Intervention.
  • Councillor Joe Pearson Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Health – with responsibility for Adult Social Services, Armed Forces Support, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Community, Health Services, Five Borough Trust Liaison, Health Watch, Health and Wellbeing Board, Hospital Liaison and Support, Social Services Modernisation Programme and Safeguarding.
  • Councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron Cabinet Member for Environment & Neighbourhoods – with responsibility for Carbon Reduction & Sustainability, Cemeteries and Crematorium, Consumer Protection, Councillor Improvement Fund, Community Development, Environmental Health, Highways, Licensing, Parks and Open Spaces, Passenger Transport Liaison Recycling and Collection and Waste Disposal.
  • Councillor Anthony Johnson Cabinet Member for IT, Communications & Human Resources – with responsibility for Customer Services Policies & Implementation, Contact Centre, Human Resources Strategy & Policy, IT Strategy and Policy, Member Development and Training, Public Consultations, Risk Management, Health & Safety and Emergency Planning, Service Access Points, Enforcement Forum, Welfare Reform and Child Poverty.
  • Councillor Andy Bowden Cabinet Member for Public Health & Wellbeing – with responsibility for Accidental Injury Prevention, Cancer prevention, Culture and Arts, Dental Public Health Services Drugs and Alcohol Mis-use Services, Environmental Risks, Healthy Child programme Health Inequalities, Increasing Physical Activity, Immunisation and Screening Programmes, Nutritional Initiatives, National Child Measurement Programme Services, NHS Health Check Assessments, Leisure Services /Centres & Sports Development, Obesity and Weigh Management, Public health Services for Children Public health protection, Population health care advice to the NHS, Public mental health services, Reducing and preventing birth defects, Smoking Cessation, Support for community safety and violence prevention, Teenage Pregnancy / Sexual health services and contraception, Tobacco Control, Workplace health interventions and World of Glass.

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7:52am Mon 16 Jun 14

barrie timpson says...

Jobs for the boys. Robbing a living these guys are.
Jobs for the boys. Robbing a living these guys are. barrie timpson
  • Score: 2

7:59am Mon 16 Jun 14

mikeashworth says...

barrie timpson wrote:
Jobs for the boys. Robbing a living these guys are.
Arent you the guy who used to be a Councillor yourself?
[quote][p][bold]barrie timpson[/bold] wrote: Jobs for the boys. Robbing a living these guys are.[/p][/quote]Arent you the guy who used to be a Councillor yourself? mikeashworth
  • Score: 3

9:15am Mon 16 Jun 14

barrie timpson says...

Err , no.
Err , no. barrie timpson
  • Score: 0

12:47pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Hughwithaview says...

Money for old rope is the saying that comes to mind as not one of these self serving hypocrites with their "portfolios" and their iPads has the ability or acumen to run a bath let alone a town.
Still, why should they worry - as long as a minority of the St Helens population keeps voting them in they can keep picking up their fat pay cheques and crack open another bottle of champagne!
Money for old rope is the saying that comes to mind as not one of these self serving hypocrites with their "portfolios" and their iPads has the ability or acumen to run a bath let alone a town. Still, why should they worry - as long as a minority of the St Helens population keeps voting them in they can keep picking up their fat pay cheques and crack open another bottle of champagne! Hughwithaview
  • Score: 2

1:51pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Sthelenscrusader says...

barrie timpson wrote:
Err , no.
No he isnt but he is the guy who rants on about Rainhill, wilst actually living in Thatto Heath and has an unhealty obsession with David Icke
[quote][p][bold]barrie timpson[/bold] wrote: Err , no.[/p][/quote]No he isnt but he is the guy who rants on about Rainhill, wilst actually living in Thatto Heath and has an unhealty obsession with David Icke Sthelenscrusader
  • Score: 1

4:15pm Mon 16 Jun 14

barrie timpson says...

Well I'm quite happy with that and it's Nutgrove by the way.
Well I'm quite happy with that and it's Nutgrove by the way. barrie timpson
  • Score: 3

12:30am Tue 17 Jun 14

Eranu says...

Who has cabinet responsibility for voter apathy? Whoever it is, they are doing a great job!
Who has cabinet responsibility for voter apathy? Whoever it is, they are doing a great job! Eranu
  • Score: 6

10:10am Wed 18 Jun 14

kjd161 says...

This lot remind me of the committees that used to run the various clubs I frequented a long time ago ( not all Labour clubs, by the way ). A bunch of know all / know nowt merchants with little or no qualifications to do the jobs assigned to them. All you needed to get the post was enough mates to vote you in at the AGM. Sound familiar?
This lot remind me of the committees that used to run the various clubs I frequented a long time ago ( not all Labour clubs, by the way ). A bunch of know all / know nowt merchants with little or no qualifications to do the jobs assigned to them. All you needed to get the post was enough mates to vote you in at the AGM. Sound familiar? kjd161
  • Score: 6

10:42am Wed 18 Jun 14

Bill Bradbury says...

Just to put a bit of balance in this debate is that I know them all personally and they work very hard for your Council but as they are politicians (as I am a Labour Parish Cllr.) we accept that in the current "twitter" abuse regime comments above go with the job as JK Rowlands of Harry Potter fame found out in her support for the NO in Scotland.

People's opinions and comments are part of our democracy and freedoms but all I ask is to cut out the abuse of personalities. Even Bradbury makes mistakes (well very rarely unless you talk to my wife). Always in the dog-house.
Just to put a bit of balance in this debate is that I know them all personally and they work very hard for your Council but as they are politicians (as I am a Labour Parish Cllr.) we accept that in the current "twitter" abuse regime comments above go with the job as JK Rowlands of Harry Potter fame found out in her support for the NO in Scotland. People's opinions and comments are part of our democracy and freedoms but all I ask is to cut out the abuse of personalities. Even Bradbury makes mistakes (well very rarely unless you talk to my wife). Always in the dog-house. Bill Bradbury
  • Score: 0

12:25pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Sankey says...

Can I ask a genuine question Bill ? how do we know they are doing a decent job ?

In other words are there targets / objectives they can be measured against if so where are they ?
Can I ask a genuine question Bill ? how do we know they are doing a decent job ? In other words are there targets / objectives they can be measured against if so where are they ? Sankey
  • Score: 3

2:01pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Bill Bradbury says...

Plans such as Parkside which I fully support and did in the past, and St.Thomas' Square where the developers are already on site are at least two targets.
I also know the number of personal help they give to their own constituents when asked. Our local Cllr. in Billinge has sorted two major problems within the last two weeks and has helped many more. He is in the middle of setting up allotments in the village just held up by others awaiting for quotes.

They are also in daily contact with Officers and have to attend meetings to make decisions and I know it can become a 24-7 job. Why not try standing yourself next year?

As I keep writing Towns are at the mercy of big business and they can locate wherever and for whatever. This is your town and mine and we can only keep trying. Horses and water comes to mind.
Plans such as Parkside which I fully support and did in the past, and St.Thomas' Square where the developers are already on site are at least two targets. I also know the number of personal help they give to their own constituents when asked. Our local Cllr. in Billinge has sorted two major problems within the last two weeks and has helped many more. He is in the middle of setting up allotments in the village just held up by others awaiting for quotes. They are also in daily contact with Officers and have to attend meetings to make decisions and I know it can become a 24-7 job. Why not try standing yourself next year? As I keep writing Towns are at the mercy of big business and they can locate wherever and for whatever. This is your town and mine and we can only keep trying. Horses and water comes to mind. Bill Bradbury
  • Score: 0

3:45pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Erics_protege says...

Bill Bradbury wrote:
Plans such as Parkside which I fully support and did in the past, and St.Thomas' Square where the developers are already on site are at least two targets.
I also know the number of personal help they give to their own constituents when asked. Our local Cllr. in Billinge has sorted two major problems within the last two weeks and has helped many more. He is in the middle of setting up allotments in the village just held up by others awaiting for quotes.

They are also in daily contact with Officers and have to attend meetings to make decisions and I know it can become a 24-7 job. Why not try standing yourself next year?

As I keep writing Towns are at the mercy of big business and they can locate wherever and for whatever. This is your town and mine and we can only keep trying. Horses and water comes to mind.
I am not sure that is what Sankey meant Bill. I think perhaps he meant some tangible targets like you get in business.

For example..
The regeneration cabinet holder has a target like...we have 30 empty shops today and your target is to fill 20 by June 2015

or the cabinet minister responsible for Public Health has to reduce the number of obese children in X ward from 20% to 17% by June 2015.

or cabinet all members have to find ways to spend £10M of the contingency fund providing their investment generates £15M within 3 years.

If voters saw a target for each portfolio and could measure the success of the council (or indeed central government) in that way using a traffic light system (on track / off track / given up) then perhaps there would be less apathy. We would also know whether someone was effective or not and decide whether to vote them in or out.

At present you get a different answer depending on who you ask and too much fluff and spin from every party.

Personally I am glad to see Andy Bowen get a top role. He was a very proactive Mayor and met a lot of people around the borough. Hopefully he picked up on some of the frustrations with major issues in public health / sports provision and can do something about it.
[quote][p][bold]Bill Bradbury[/bold] wrote: Plans such as Parkside which I fully support and did in the past, and St.Thomas' Square where the developers are already on site are at least two targets. I also know the number of personal help they give to their own constituents when asked. Our local Cllr. in Billinge has sorted two major problems within the last two weeks and has helped many more. He is in the middle of setting up allotments in the village just held up by others awaiting for quotes. They are also in daily contact with Officers and have to attend meetings to make decisions and I know it can become a 24-7 job. Why not try standing yourself next year? As I keep writing Towns are at the mercy of big business and they can locate wherever and for whatever. This is your town and mine and we can only keep trying. Horses and water comes to mind.[/p][/quote]I am not sure that is what Sankey meant Bill. I think perhaps he meant some tangible targets like you get in business. For example.. The regeneration cabinet holder has a target like...we have 30 empty shops today and your target is to fill 20 by June 2015 or the cabinet minister responsible for Public Health has to reduce the number of obese children in X ward from 20% to 17% by June 2015. or cabinet all members have to find ways to spend £10M of the contingency fund providing their investment generates £15M within 3 years. If voters saw a target for each portfolio and could measure the success of the council (or indeed central government) in that way using a traffic light system (on track / off track / given up) then perhaps there would be less apathy. We would also know whether someone was effective or not and decide whether to vote them in or out. At present you get a different answer depending on who you ask and too much fluff and spin from every party. Personally I am glad to see Andy Bowen get a top role. He was a very proactive Mayor and met a lot of people around the borough. Hopefully he picked up on some of the frustrations with major issues in public health / sports provision and can do something about it. Erics_protege
  • Score: 1

5:49pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Hughwithaview says...

Bill Bradbury wrote:
Just to put a bit of balance in this debate is that I know them all personally and they work very hard for your Council but as they are politicians (as I am a Labour Parish Cllr.) we accept that in the current "twitter" abuse regime comments above go with the job as JK Rowlands of Harry Potter fame found out in her support for the NO in Scotland.

People's opinions and comments are part of our democracy and freedoms but all I ask is to cut out the abuse of personalities. Even Bradbury makes mistakes (well very rarely unless you talk to my wife). Always in the dog-house.
Yes - we are free to comment as part of democracy Bill - let's face it, this Council has many platforms to force it's views upon us, so we who do not worship at the alter of Grunewald and Rimmer need to vent our frustrations where we can.

I have stated many times that I do not have a political agenda and I would be just as critical of the Conservatives or any other party that had been in power for as long as Labour has in St Helens with such a poor performance record to show for it. I have asked many times for their achievements to be listed by all the folk who think they are so wonderful but up to now, no one has been able or willing to come up with an answer.

How can anybody deny that St Helens has gone to the dogs under this regime - and it cannot all be blamed on the recession and Government cuts or the different way retail in general has changed.

I agree Councillors do have to attend meetings with officers working for the Council but when you consider the salaries being drawn by the Portfolio members plus those for Senior Officers, Senior Managers and Middle Managers why is that more often than not external agencies are employed, at further expense, to come up with plans and strategies for potential developments for the town?

Why are we giving massive pay packets to people who have not got the skills or acumen come up with the goods? - in the private sector they would be scrutinised under "capability" and if they were not up to the job, they would be out. Despite shedding jobs this Authority is still top heavy with Management posts and it is about time they started earning their money.

Sorry if you think this is an abuse on personalities but if they put themselves up on the political stage they should expect to face criticism and be prepared to answer questions when they fail to deliver.
[quote][p][bold]Bill Bradbury[/bold] wrote: Just to put a bit of balance in this debate is that I know them all personally and they work very hard for your Council but as they are politicians (as I am a Labour Parish Cllr.) we accept that in the current "twitter" abuse regime comments above go with the job as JK Rowlands of Harry Potter fame found out in her support for the NO in Scotland. People's opinions and comments are part of our democracy and freedoms but all I ask is to cut out the abuse of personalities. Even Bradbury makes mistakes (well very rarely unless you talk to my wife). Always in the dog-house.[/p][/quote]Yes - we are free to comment as part of democracy Bill - let's face it, this Council has many platforms to force it's views upon us, so we who do not worship at the alter of Grunewald and Rimmer need to vent our frustrations where we can. I have stated many times that I do not have a political agenda and I would be just as critical of the Conservatives or any other party that had been in power for as long as Labour has in St Helens with such a poor performance record to show for it. I have asked many times for their achievements to be listed by all the folk who think they are so wonderful but up to now, no one has been able or willing to come up with an answer. How can anybody deny that St Helens has gone to the dogs under this regime - and it cannot all be blamed on the recession and Government cuts or the different way retail in general has changed. I agree Councillors do have to attend meetings with officers working for the Council but when you consider the salaries being drawn by the Portfolio members plus those for Senior Officers, Senior Managers and Middle Managers why is that more often than not external agencies are employed, at further expense, to come up with plans and strategies for potential developments for the town? Why are we giving massive pay packets to people who have not got the skills or acumen come up with the goods? - in the private sector they would be scrutinised under "capability" and if they were not up to the job, they would be out. Despite shedding jobs this Authority is still top heavy with Management posts and it is about time they started earning their money. Sorry if you think this is an abuse on personalities but if they put themselves up on the political stage they should expect to face criticism and be prepared to answer questions when they fail to deliver. Hughwithaview
  • Score: 2

11:44pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Bill Bradbury says...

Hugh, no your comment is good with no abuse of any personality. What I feel upset about is just mentioning Marie and Barrie who are/were just leaders. What many feel wrong with the Town is due to many factors and if you take the extreme the whole B lot are no good which is of course absurd.
As to failing to answer what is wrong with meeting with your Ward Cllr. and raising these points. I do and we have quite some interesting discussions but do get answers. Sometime I am not too happy with a lot of things and I do make my point and they give me theirs.

If I felt any of my Ward Cllrs. were not doing their job I would not waste my time canvassing for them. Perhaps we are lucky.-some may disagree. That's politics.
Hugh, no your comment is good with no abuse of any personality. What I feel upset about is just mentioning Marie and Barrie who are/were just leaders. What many feel wrong with the Town is due to many factors and if you take the extreme the whole B lot are no good which is of course absurd. As to failing to answer what is wrong with meeting with your Ward Cllr. and raising these points. I do and we have quite some interesting discussions but do get answers. Sometime I am not too happy with a lot of things and I do make my point and they give me theirs. If I felt any of my Ward Cllrs. were not doing their job I would not waste my time canvassing for them. Perhaps we are lucky.-some may disagree. That's politics. Bill Bradbury
  • Score: -2

11:49am Thu 19 Jun 14

Sankey says...

Yes that is what I meant tangible measurable targets for cabinet members in any other organisation that would be the case and for good reason it's proven to be effective in productivity.

Simply saying i know them and they do a great Job is simply not good enough this is 2014.

The council already publishes performance statistics let these be extended to cabinet members we voted them in we have a right to understand how they are performing
Yes that is what I meant tangible measurable targets for cabinet members in any other organisation that would be the case and for good reason it's proven to be effective in productivity. Simply saying i know them and they do a great Job is simply not good enough this is 2014. The council already publishes performance statistics let these be extended to cabinet members we voted them in we have a right to understand how they are performing Sankey
  • Score: 1

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