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Cabinet member for Finance and Governance

Council Leader Ben Chapelard has appointed Councillor Mark Ellis to the position of Cabinet member for Finance and Governance with effect from Tuesday 2 January 2024.

Finance and Governance had been Councillor Chapelard’s responsibility following the resignation of Councillor Christopher Hall in December 2023.

Councillor Ellis, who represents St John’s ward spoke about his appointment:

I am honoured to be entrusted with this responsibility and excited to lead the team in ensuring Tunbridge Wells Borough Council continues to manage its finances responsibly and effectively. My priorities will be maintaining fiscal stability, securing funding for essential services and investing in our community's future. I look forward to working with colleagues across the council and residents to ensure Tunbridge Wells Borough Council thrives financially and delivers the best possible services for all.

Cllr Ellis will be responsible for overseeing the council's budget, financial planning, investments, and revenue generation. He will work closely with the council's Chief Executive and other senior officers. He has served as a member of the council for over five years and is a member of the Finance and Governance Cabinet Advisory Board.

Other Cabinet members are:

  • Councillor Ellen Neville, Environmental Services
  • Councillor Hugo Pound, Housing and Planning
  • Councillor Justine Rutland, Economic Development
  • Councillor Jayne Sharratt, Carbon Reduction, Sustainability and Transportation
  • Councillor Nancy Warne, Rural
  • Councillor Pamela Wilkinson, Sport, Leisure and Health


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