Celebrating ethnic diversity in new-look Cabinet

Published 4th August 2020

Sandwell’s new Cabinet of councillors is the most ethnically diverse in the council’s 46-year history.

The new Cabinet includes more councillors than ever before from black and ethnic minority backgrounds – five in total.

The Cabinet – which has five women and five men from a range of age groups – is led by Deputy Council Leader Councillor Maria Crompton, who undertakes the full duties and responsibilities of the Leader’s role.

Following the death of Councillor Bob Lloyd in February and former leader Councillor Yvonne Davies stepping down earlier this month the council’s Cabinet now has three new members.

The new Cabinet positions are as follows:

  • Deputy Leader - Councillor Maria Crompton
  • Cabinet Member for Resources & Core Services - Councillor Wasim Ali
  • Cabinet Member for Homes - Councillor Keith Allcock
  • Cabinet Member for Safer Communities  - Councillor Jo Hadley
  • Cabinet Member for Living Healthy Lives - Councillor Farut Shaeen
  • Cabinet Member for Best Start in Life - Councillor Joyce Underhill
  • Cabinet Member for Skills & Employment - Councillor Rajbir Singh
  • Cabinet Member for Inclusive Economic Growth - Councillor Danny Millard
  • Cabinet Member for Sustainable Transport - Councillor Jackie Taylor
  • Cabinet Member for Community Engagement & Equality - Councillor Iqbal Padda

Deputy Leader Councillor Maria Crompton said: “I am very proud that we have a Cabinet in Sandwell which is ethnically diverse and offers a wide range of expertise from different backgrounds and experiences. This will help us take forward the council’s plans in new and innovative ways.”

The council’s Cabinet is committed to keeping up the hard work across the council to deliver the new corporate plan – Big Plans for a Great Place for the People of Sandwell – as well as overseeing the council’s continued response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.