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Council appoints Leader, Mayor and Cabinet

Councillor Huw David has been re-elected as the Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council.

Councillor David, who is also the ward member for Cefn Cribwr, was returned unopposed as the Leader of the local authority at the annual meeting of Council held on Wednesday 15 May.

Councillor Stuart Baldwin was elected unopposed as Mayor of Bridgend County Borough, succeeding Councillor John McCarthy, while Councillor Ken Watts will serve as Deputy Mayor.

The Cabinet portfolio positions were also agreed for the year ahead:

  • Deputy Leader – Councillor Hywel Williams
  • Cabinet Member for Social Services and Early Help – Councillor Phil White
  • Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration – Councillor Charles Smith
  • Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Future Generations – Councillor Dhanisha Patel
  • Cabinet Member for Communities – Councillor Richard Young


Groups and group leaders were confirmed as follows:

  • Labour (26) - Councillor Huw David
  • Independence Alliance (10) - Councillor Norah Clarke
  • Conservative (8) - Councillor Tom Giffard
  • Plaid Cymru (3) - Councillor Malcolm James
  • Llynfi Independents (3) - Councillor Ross Penhale-Thomas


Four councillors – Ken Watts, Jeff Tildesley, Roz Stirman and Julia Williams – are not members of any council groups.

A strong focus will be necessary over the next twelve months. The tenth year of national austerity is fast approaching, and the future remains very challenging for local government. We estimate that the council will have to save a further £35m over the coming years, and there is simply no way to balance the books without seeing a significant impact upon local services and further council tax rises.

Local government and indeed society are in a state of transition. We still face the uncertainty of Brexit, are now part of a new health authority area, facing increasing pressure for greater regional collaboration, are experiencing record demand for our services, and are seeing rapid changes in the roles that councils play in the lives of people living throughout the UK.

Bridgend County Borough Council has not shied away from making difficult decisions during this period, nor have we lost sight of ensuring the continued safety and well-being of our most vulnerable residents. This resilience and prioritisation has formed the backbone of our efforts so far, and it is an ethos that I know we will all want to continue. By working together to protect our essential services for the most vulnerable, prioritising investment in the future, we can ensure that Bridgend County Borough Council can continue to meet the inevitable challenges that lay ahead.”

Addressing the meeting, Councillor Huw David

For more details about the elected members of Bridgend County Borough Council, visit the ‘Democracy and Elections’ pages

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