Labor councilor re-elected to lead Bridgend council

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Huw David, Head of Bridgend Council

Lewis Smith, local democracy journalist

Cllr Huw David will return as leader of Bridgend County Borough Council this year, after the appointments were made at the council’s annual general meeting on Wednesday May 18.

Cllr David will return to duty after a vote by local councilors saw him edge out independent chief Cllr Ross Penhale-Thomas.

Cllr Jane Gebbie has been elected Deputy Chief, while the new Mayor of Bridgend County Borough will be Cllr Martyn Jones.


Speaking on his re-election, Cllr David said he was grateful to have the opportunity to lead the board again in the coming year, in a cabinet that combines both experience and change.

He said: “I am happy to have been able to build a Cabinet that combines experience and change.

“This will allow us to get started and start making the decisions that we will need to make very soon on behalf of the residents of the Bridgend County Borough.

“My main objective is to strengthen the role of members in policy development and decision-making, for the good of the borough of Bridgend County.

“Cabinet roles focus, as before, on social services, housing, communities, future generations and resources.

“My main change in the portfolios is to put even more emphasis on the broad areas of education and regeneration by creating two portfolios – to reflect the critical importance of these two areas and our recognition of the workload involved in each.

“Continued regeneration will be a key priority for this new administration, taking advantage of UK Government and Welsh Government funding to benefit all of our valleys, the Ogmore, Llynfi, Garw, Bridgend, Maesteg, Porthcawl and Pencoed.

“Education is of course of fundamental importance to the well-being and future generations and the single largest line item in the council’s budget. This role will focus on our flagship 21st Century School Modernization programme, a new program and the continuation of the free crèche offer for 3-year-old children.

Other cabinet portfolio positions have been agreed as follows:

  • Deputy Chief and Member of the Social Services Cabinet – Councilor Jane Gebbie
  • Cabinet Member for Education – Advisor Jon-Paul Blundell
  • Cabinet Member for Communities – Councilor John Spanswick
  • Cabinet Member for Regeneration – Councilor Neelo Farr
  • Cabinet Member for Future Generations – Councilor Rhys Goode
  • Cabinet Member for Resources – Advisor Hywel Williams

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