Mid Wales

Powys council leader David Jones names new cabinet

David Jones
Image caption David Jones is leader of the Shires Independent Group

A councillor who served in Powys council's previous administration has kept her seat in the new cabinet.

Council leader David Jones has named his cabinet after replacing E Michael Jones, who heads Powys Independent Alliance (PIA), last week.

Rosemary Harris, who was part of the previous PIA-Lib Dem coalition administration, is responsible for adult social services.

Ms Harris had been in the PIA, but she is now a non-aligned independent.

Meanwhile, Gareth Ratcliffe, who is appointed to look after human resources, has left the Conservative group and is now a non-aligned Tory.

Mr Jones has not formed a coalition with another party.

School reform

He rejected talk of a coalition between his group and the PIA after the local elections on 3 May, saying there was "fundamental differences" between them.

Veteran Machynlleth councillor Michael Williams will handle the education portfolio, and faces several challenges, including plans to reform primary and secondary schools.

Graham Brown, who was on the council's former ruling board, before it was replaced by a cabinet system, is responsible for planning in the new administration.

He is joined by fellow ex-board member Barry Thomas, who will look after highways, while Melanie Davies joins the cabinet as children's social services portfolio holder.

Former council chairman Garry Banks will have responsibility for property and assets, while Gary Price has been appointed to oversee corporate governance.

Elsewhere in mid Wales, Ceredigion council announced its cabinet two weeks ago.

Its cabinet is made up of members from Plaid Cymru and two independent groups.

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