Two new members of Bristol City Council’s Cabinet have been announced by Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol.
Councillor Anna Keen, councillor for Hillfields ward, will take up the role of Cabinet Member for Education and Skills and will be joined by Councillor Kye Dudd, councillor for Central ward, who will take on the role of Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste and Regulatory Services. Both will take up their roles with immediate effect.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “I am extremely pleased to be welcoming Anna and Kye to the Cabinet. We are working hard to provide essential services and deliver on our aspirations for the city. In Anna and Kye we have two committed, talented and energetic people who will lead, collaborate with partners and engage with citizens.
“Their experience and knowledge of Bristol and the people they need to work with will be invaluable assets. They will also be coming from a position of strength in taking over from former Cabinet Members Councillor Claire Hiscott and Councillor Fi Hance, to whom I am very grateful. I look forward to working closely with Anna and Kye on their respective portfolios.”
As Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, Councillor Keen will take a lead on working with partners and officers to continue supporting schools in Bristol to forward the recent trend of academic attainment, develop the city’s skills base though collaborating with private and public organisations to deliver training programmes and be a link to the West of England Combined Authority in delivering adult skills projects. Councillor Keen will also continue to lead on the Feeding Bristol project.
Councillor Anna Keen said: “It’s a great honour to be asked by the Mayor to take on this role and I am very happy to accept. Teaching has been my life for 16 years and I have witnessed and been a part of the incredible work of teachers and school staff on a daily basis. I see so much potential and talent in the sector and I want to work with schools so that the children of Bristol can flourish in an environment of equality and inclusion. We face challenges to achieve this but what I can promise parents, children, teachers, and all others in the education and skills sector is that I will listen and do what I can to achieve our shared aspirations.”
Councillor Dudd will take up his position as Cabinet member for Energy, Waste and Regulatory Services. This portfolio includes taking a lead in meeting the Mayor’s goal of Bristol becoming a carbon free city by 2050 and a variety of projects including the city’s Clean Streets Campaign, air quality projects, flood risk management, public protection and continue to lead on sport development.
Councillor Kye Dudd said: “I am delighted to accept the Mayor’s offer to join cabinet and take on the challenge of the Energy, Waste and Regulatory Services brief. The Mayor has set an ambitious target to make Bristol carbon free by 2050 and I am keen to build on the excellent work already done to bring us towards that goal and tackle fuel poverty. I am also looking forward to working collectively as part a wider city network to tackle the key challenges the city faces and making Bristol a more equal, safer and greener city that benefits every community.”
On Thursday 30 November the Mayor announced that Councillor Claire Hiscott and Councillor Fi Hance would be leaving cabinet in a reshuffle.