Cabinet members

Please find below a brief description and photo of our Cabinet members. If you wish to see more information or view meetings and agendas, please view our Cabinet Committee page.

Our Cabinet members for 2017


Councillor Peter Topping is the Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council. He is also Chairman of the Cabinet. Cabinet consists of nine Portfolio Holders. Portfolio Holders are the members of Cabinet and this includes the Leader.

Each Portfolio Holder has a specific role in Cabinet, detailed below. As a whole Cabinet are responsible for:

  • Proposing new policy and the budget
  • Promoting the Council's interest in partnership
  • Implementing, with the Council officers, decisions of the full Council

Cllr Peter Topping

Leader of the Council
Cllr Topping

Councillor Peter Topping is leader of the Council and the Council’s representative on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. He chairs the Executive, also known as Cabinet.

Cllr Nick Wright

Deputy leader / Business and Customer Services
Cllr Nick Wright

Councillor Nick Wright has been appointed as our deputy leader and is portfolio holder for Business and Customer Services. He is also responsible for Economic Development.

Cllr Francis Burkitt

Greater Cambridge Partnership portfolio Holder
Cllr Francis Burkitt

Councillor Francis Burkitt is our portfolio holder for the Greater Cambridge Partnership. Francis is responsible for economic development and the Greater Cambridge Partnership.

Cllr Simon Edwards

Finance and Staffing Portfolio Holder
Cllr Simon Edwards

Councillor Simon Edwards is our portfolio holder for Finance and Staffing. This includes risk management, procurement and value for money/efficiency.

Cllr Sue Ellington

Health & Wellbeing Portfolio Holder
Councillor Sue Elington

Councillor Sue Ellington is our Health and Wellbeing portfolio holder and also responsible for Public Health. Sue is involved in many groups including ageing well group, South Cambs local health partnership and Cambridge women and homelessness group.

Cllr Lynda Harford

Housing Portfolio Holder
Cllr Lynda Harford

Councillor Lynda Harford is our Housing portfolio holder. Lynda is responsible for Housing Strategy, Housing Advice and Options, Home Improvement Grants and Housing Landlord Services.

Cllr Mark Howell

Environmental Services Portfolio Holder
Cllr Mark Howell

Councillor Mark Howell is our Environmental Services portfolio holder. Mark is responsible for Land Drainage, Licensing and Private Sector Housing.

Cllr Robert Turner

Planning Portfolio Holder
Cllr Robert Turner

Councillor Robert Turner is our Planning portfolio holder. Robert is responsible for Development Control, Design and Conservation and Building Control.

Cllr Tim Wotherspoon

Strategic Planning & Infrastructure Portfolio Holder
Cllr Tim Wotherspoon

Councillor Tim Wotherspoon is our Strategic Planning & Infrastructure portfolio holder. Tim is responsible for connected communities, development of new and existing communities, tackling climate change, transport initiatives and Youth Council.

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