1. Cabinet

The Cabinet is made up of a Leader, a Deputy Leader and up to 9 councillors appointed by the 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. For example, a sub committee of the Cabinet has been formed to take decisions about Trust Land within the Borough.

The Cabinet meets monthly. For minutes and agendas Browse meetings.

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 in consultation with a Member of the Cabinet.

Powers of the Cabinet

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

Cabinet members

Only councillors may be appointed to Cabinet and portfolios are assigned by the Leader.

Economy and Enterprise

Lead: Cllr Sean Fielding (Council Leader) | Deputy: Cllr Martin Judd

  • City region and devolution
  • External Relations
  • Communications and media
  • Regeneration and Infrastructure
  • Enterprise and Business Support
  • Capital Projects and investments
  • Corporate property and assets
  • Oldham Town Centre and Markets
  • Libraries, Heritage and Local Studies
  • Culture and Arts

Social Justice and Communities

Lead: Cllr Arooj Shah Deputy Leader (Statutory) | Deputy: Cllr Steve Williams

  • Community Safety and policing
  • Community cohesion
  • First Response
  • Early Help
  • Youth Justice
  • Community Justice
  • Probation Services
  • District Working
  • Community engagement (Including changing behaviours and Get Oldham Growing)
  • Licensing
  • Policy and Communications
  • Public Service Reform

Finance and Corporate Services

Lead: Cllr Abdul Jabbar (Deputy Leader) | Deputy: Cllr Chris Goodwin

  • Finance
  • HR and Organisational Development
  • Council Workforce – In Work Progression
  • ICT and Transactional Services
  • Internal Business Support Unit
  • Revenues and Benefits
  • Customer Services (Including Contact Oldham)
  • Low Carbon

Education and Skills

Lead: Cllr Shaid Mushtaq | Deputy: Cllr Cath Ball

  • Education
  • Early years
  • Education and skills commission
  • School place planning
  • Looked after children – educational performance
  • Get Oldham Working
  • Employment and employability
  • Work and skills strategy
  • Skills and lifelong learning
  • Apprenticeships

Neighbourhoods Services

Lead: Cllr Ateeque Ur Rehman | Deputy: Cllr Mohon Ali

  • Parks and Countryside services
  • Transport
  • Highways
  • Trading Standards
  • Registrars and Cemeteries
  • Gritting
  • Car Parking Enforcement
  • Street Lighting
  • Environmental Services and Enforcement

Children’s Services

Lead: Cllr Amanda Chadderton

  • GM Childrens’ Partnership
  • GM Childrens’ Services Review
  • Adoption and Fostering
  • Children in care
  • Child safeguarding
  • Children’s Health and Wellbeing
  • Youth Service

Health and Social Care

Lead: Cllr Zahid Chauhan | Deputy: Cllr Marie Bashforth

  • Adult Social Services
  • Adult Safeguarding
  • Provider Services
  • Disability Services and adaptations
  • Family Support
  • GM Adult Services Review
  • Health Devolution
  • Oldham Locality Plan
  • Health Improvement
  • Population Health (inc. Leisure & Sport)
  • Mental Health
  • Fit for Oldham


Lead: Cllr Hannah Roberts | Deputy: Cllr Valerie Leach

  • Strategic Housing
  • Housing Quality Enforcement
  • Planning and Building Control
  • Homelessness