Cabinet | Cabinet and Chairs | Oldham Council

1. Cabinet

The Cabinet is made up of a Leader, and up to 9 councillors appointed by the Leader, including a Deputy Leader.

The Cabinet is responsible for strategic decisions and recommends proposals for approval by full Council on the budget, Council Tax levels and the Council’s policy framework.

The Cabinet can form committees, working groups and panels. 

The Cabinet usually meets monthly.

What does the Cabinet do?

The Leader of the Council may determine to exercise any of the executive functions of the Council personally, or may arrange for the exercise of any of the Council’s executive functions by:

  • The Cabinet
  • By a Committee of the Cabinet
  • By an officer of the Council

Powers of the Cabinet

  • Implement agreed policies
  • Give political leadership
  • Make key decisions
  • Proposes policy framework
  • Proposes the budget
  • Makes recommendations to Council

Cabinet portfolios

Reform and Regeneration

Cabinet Member: Cllr Arooj Shah - Leader of Oldham Council

  • City Region
  • Economic Growth
  • External Relationships and Partnerships
  • Capital projects and investment
  • Corporate Property and Assets
  • Borough Strategy
  • Communications
  • Cost-of-Living response
  • Transport 

Finance and Corporate Resources

Cabinet Member: Cllr Abdul Jabbar

  • Finance
  • Revenues and Benefits
  • HR and OD
  • Legal Services
  • Performance
  • Customer 
  • IT and Digital and Transformation
  • Green New Deal
  • Energy

Children and Young People

Cabinet Member: Cllr Shaid Mushtaq - Cabinet Member and Deputy Leader
Deputy: Cllr Josh Charters

  • Child safeguarding
  • Children's Partnership
  • Children Looked After
  • Adoption and fostering
  • Early Years
  • Early Help
  • Children's health and wellbeing
  • Youth Service

Health and Social Care

Cabinet Member: Cllr Barbara Brownridge 
Deputy: Cllr Marie Bashforth

  • Adult Social Services
  • Adult safeguarding
  • Provider services
  • Disability services and adaptations
  • Mental Health and wellbeing
  • Isolation
  • Integrated Care System development
  • Health Improvement

Education and Skills

Cabinet Member: Cllr Mohon Ali
Deputy: Cllr Umar Nasheen

  • Education and Skills
  • School Place Planning
  • Looked After Children - educational performance
  • Work and Skills Strategy
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Apprenticeships


Cabinet Member: Cllr Chris Goodwin

  • Environmental Services
  • Waste and recycling
  • Parks and Countryside
  • Registrars and Cemeteries
  • Emergency Planning
  • Highways
  • Justice and Community Safety
  • Community Cohesion

Housing and Licensing

Cabinet Member: Cllr Elaine Taylor - Cabinet Member and Statutory Deputy Leader

  • Strategic Housing
  • Housing quality and enforcement
  • Planning
  • Homelessness
  • Trading Standards and Licensing
  • Building Control
  • Landlord Licensing

Communities and Culture

Cabinet Member: Cllr Peter Dean
Deputy: Cllr Ros Birch

  • PBI and Districts
  • VCSFE Sector
  • Social Infrastructure
  • Culture
  • Leisure
  • Libraries, Heritage and Arts 
  • Sports and Sport Development Events

Business, Employment and Enterprise

Cabinet Member: Cllr Fida Hussain
Deputy: Cllr Nazrul Islam

  • Employment and Employability
  • Get Oldham Working
  • Business Support
  • Business Networking
  • Markets