Mayor Marvin Rees has a new Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods in Cllr Asher Craig, with former post-holder Cllr Marg Hickman stepping down.
Cllr Hickman joined the newly-formed Cabinet on 19 May, taking responsibility for Neighbourhoods – an expansive portfolio which includes libraries, parks and open spaces, community safety and Neighbourhood Partnerships. Today (Friday 19 August) she has confirmed that she is stepping down for health reasons. Her replacement, Cllr Asher Craig, is a councillor for St George West and was newly elected to the council in May 2016. She has previously worked closely with the Mayor and Cllr Hickman as an advisor on equalities.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said: "I am really sorry to see Marg leaving the Cabinet. She has worked tirelessly not only in this role, but in serving the people of Bristol for many years. I fully respect her decision and wish her all the best with her health.
"As sad as I am to lose Marg, I am glad in equal measure to welcome Asher to the team. Asher brings years of professional and community experience to the role and will be a passionate advocate for the people of the city and the Bristol City Council workforce. Since her election in May she has put incredible energy into developing the council’s approach to staff wellbeing and talent development. Like me she believes in creating a more equal and just city in which no-one is left behind. The Neighbourhoods role is really important to that at both a strategic and grass-roots level."
Cllr Marg Hickman, former Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said: “I am sorry to be leaving the Cabinet and am grateful to have had this opportunity, albeit short, to contribute. However it is role with many demands and currently my health sadly prevents me from giving it everything it deserves.
“I’m pleased Asher has accepted the role and I will work closely with her to make sure we don’t lose any momentum with our plans for creating a better Bristol for everyone.”
Cllr Asher Craig, new Bristol City Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said: “It is an honour to join Marvin’s Cabinet and take on a bigger role at the council. I have a real belief in his vision for the city and the values he holds dear. I can’t wait to start contributing more to making Bristol equal, inclusive and connected across its communities.
“I am not afraid to get my sleeves rolled up and play an active part in the issues, supporting our neighbourhoods and challenging the status quo when things need to change.”