The first meeting of East Lothian Council following this month’s local election was held today (Tuesday, May 23), when councillors were appointed to key Administration and other roles.

Councillor Willie Innes has been re-confirmed as Council Leader. He will lead the council’s Cabinet and also serve as Cabinet Spokesperson for Community Planning.

We will have a relentless focus on continuing to improve this county. It’s a fantastic place to live and work but, of course, we want to make it even better.

Cllr Willie Innes

The new Provost of East Lothian Council is Councillor John McMillan. He has also taken on the role of Cabinet Spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism.

The new Depute Provost is Councillor Andy Forrest.

Other Cabinet roles will be filled by:

  • Councillor Shamin Akhtar – Cabinet Spokesperson for Education and Children’s Services
  • Councillor Norman Hampshire – Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment
  • Councillor Fiona O’Donnell – Cabinet Spokesperson for Health and Social Care
  • Councillor Jim Goodfellow – Cabinet Spokesperson for Housing and Community Wellbeing

Welcoming the appointments Councillor Innes said:

“I’m delighted that we have a capable, committed and experienced team in place to deliver for the people of East Lothian.

“We will have a relentless focus on continuing to improve this county. It’s a fantastic place to live and work but, of course, we want to make it even better. That means protecting vital frontline services, supporting older and vulnerable people, enabling our communities to prosper and ensuring that all our young people have the best possible start in life.

“By investing in new affordable homes, schools and local facilities the council is determined to see East Lothian go from strength to strength – with a growing economy, healthier environment and fairer society at its heart.”

The new Provost, Councillor John McMillan, added:

“I am immensely proud and honoured to be elected Provost. In succeeding Ludovic Broun-Lindsay I have big boots to fill, but I am grateful to colleagues for the trust placed in me and look forward to promoting and representing East Lothian to the best of my abilities.

“In the council chamber I will always strive to build consensus, encourage reasoned debate and make sure that everyone gets a fair hearing.

“I am delighted to be combining my responsibilities as Provost with those as Cabinet Spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism. The two roles sit nicely together and complement each other.As a county we have so much to offer – our Golf Coast, leisure, history and fantastic communities, to name but a few examples. There is a lot to build on and a fantastic East Lothian package to sell, with so many opportunities to explore.

“My top priorities are to help attract new investment, jobs, industry and more visitors to East Lothian. I believe we can do this by being innovative and creative.”

Published: Tuesday, 23rd May 2017