Councillor Peter Mason has joined Ealing Council’s cabinet, as the portfolio holder for prosperity, skills, employment and transformation.
Councillor Mason, who was elected as a councillor in 2014 and represents Elthorne Ward, previously chaired the Health and Adult Social Services scrutiny committee. He succeeds Cllr Steve Hynes, who will now chair the council’s Planning Committee.
In his new role Councillor Mason is responsible for securing fair household incomes and sustainable employment, as well as apprenticeships, adult education, skills and welfare reform. The portfolio includes a new cross-cutting role in leading the council’s work on public service reform, working on new ways to transform how the council operates and focusing on how it improves the lives of residents.
Cllr Mason said: “I hope I’ll be able to make a real difference to the lives of our residents. Ealing is often thought of as a prosperous, leafy suburb, but behind the scenes there remains some very real deprivation. As a council we’ve taken great strides forward in recent years in addressing some of those inequalities, but there is more work to be done.
“With major regeneration schemes, Europe’s largest industrial estate at Park Royal, the A4 corridor and Heathrow a stone’s throw away, there is no shortage of skilled, technical jobs on our doorstep. The challenge for the council is to work across the public sector with colleges, Job Centre Plus and other organisations to ensure our residents have access to the right training, education and opportunities to allow them to develop the skills they need to secure fairly paid work to support their families.”
The council’s other cabinet portfolios for 2016/17 remain unchanged. Julian Bell remains leader, and holds the regeneration and planning portfolio, while Jasbir Anand stays with housing, and Bassam Mahfouz keeps transport, environment and leisure.