The Cabinet | Oxfordshire County Council

The Cabinet

All key decisions at Oxfordshire County Council are made by members of the Cabinet.


Councillor Ian Hudspeth

Ian Hudspeth, Leader of the CouncilLeader of the Council

Find out about Councillor Ian Hudspeth including how to contact him.


  • Strategy
  • Corporate and community leadership
  • Strategic communications
  • Major external partnerships
  • Regional and strategic infrastructure planning
  • Economic growth and development
  • Districts liaison


Councillor Judy Heathcoat

Councillor Judy HeathcoatDeputy Leader of the Council

Find out more about Councillor Judy Heathcoat including how to contact her.


  • Governance and Internal management
  • HR and industrial relations
  • Policy co-ordination
  • Customer services
  • Fire and rescue
  • Trading standards
  • Emergency planning
  • The Prevent agenda


Councillor Lawrie Stratford

Councillor Lawrie StratfordCabinet Member for Adult Social Care

Find out about Councillor Lawrie Stratford including how to contact him.


  • Adult Social care



Councillor Steve Harrod

Councillor Steve HarrodCabinet Member for Children & Family Services

Find out more about Councillor Steve Harrod including how to contact him.


  • Statutory Lead Member for Children's Services



Councillor Yvonne Constance OBE

Councillor Yvonne Constance OBECabinet Member for Environment

Find out more about Councillor Yvonne Constance including how to contact her


  • Highways
  • Minerals strategy
  • Strategic Waste & Waste Management
  • Environment Management
  • Flooding
  • Strategic rail


Councillor David Bartholomew

Councillor David BartholomewCabinet Member for Finance

Find out more about Councillor David Bartholomew including how to contact him


  • Finance
  • Broadband
  • Communications
  • ICT
  • Support to SMEs


Councillor Mark Gray

Councillor Mark GrayCabinet Member for Local Communities

Find out more about Councillor Mark Gray including how to contact him.


  • Neighbourhood Plans
  • Local community development
  • Community cohesion
  • Equalities
  • Voluntary and community sector relations
  • Oxfordshire Together
  • Community Funding
  • Member Locality working


Councillor Lorraine Lindsay-Gale

Councillor Lorraine Lindsay-GaleCabinet Member for Property & Cultural Services

Find out more about Councillor Lorraine Lindsay-Gale including how to contact her.


  • Transformation
  • Property
  • Registration service
  • Library service
  • Coroner's service
  • Music service
  • Museum service
  • History service
  • Cultural services
  • Tourism


Councillor Hilary Hibbert-Biles

Councillor Hilary Hibbert-BilesCabinet Member for Public Health & Education

Find out about Councillor Hilary Hibbert-Biles including how to contact her.


  • Public Health
  • Education


What the Cabinet does

All the key decisions are made by Cabinet members, meeting either jointly as the Cabinet or as individual Cabinet members, taking delegated decisions within their own responsibilities. Cabinet meetings are held once a month and are attended by all nine Cabinet members. The Cabinet is also responsible for preparing the budget and policies to propose to the full council.

The two scrutiny committees provide advice to and challenge the Cabinet and may review its decisions.

More information on Cabinet meetings, including information on delegated decisions, can be found in the Council Constitution.

How the Cabinet is appointed

The Cabinet is directly appointed by the Leader of the Council. Currently, this is Councillor Ian Hudspeth, who leads a Conservative Independent Alliance made up of the 31 Conservative councillors together with two Independent councillors. This alliance forms the majority group on the Council.

Cabinet meetings and decisions

Members of the public may address Cabinet as long as the item is on the agenda or submit petitions and advance notice has been given. Key decisions that are expected to be made over the next four months are published in the forward plan.

Last reviewed
02 October 2017
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