The Cabinet - who's involved and how it works

What is the Cabinet?

The Cabinet is made up of the Mayor and executive members, known as Assistant Mayors whose role is to:

  • provide leadership
  • propose the budget and policy framework
  • implement policy through strategic directors.

Our committee meeting finder gives details of meetings, including meeting agendas.

The Mayor

The Mayor has ultimate responsibility for all major policy decisions.  Whilst some of this responsibility may be delegated to, or shared with Assistant Mayors, the Bristol Mayor has decided to keep this function.

Key decision taking happens at Cabinet meetings.  

Assistant Mayors

Assistant Mayors are councillors with special responsibilities over an area of the council's activities, such as, neighbourhoods or transport. Their area of responsibility is known as their portfolio. 

Assistant Mayors may work with council officers and others to develop policy within their portfolio, which then comes to Cabinet for formal approval.

Cabinet members

The Mayor decides who's in the Cabinet.

Cllr Estella Tincknell (Labour)

Deputy Mayor, with special responsibility for Democracy, Culture, Policy, Strategy and Communications, International

Cllr Mark Bradshaw (Labour)

Cabinet Member for Transport

Cllr Clare Campion-Smith (Liberal Democrat)

Cabinet Member for People

Cllr Craig Cheney (Labour)

Cabinet Member for Finance, Governance and Performance

Cllr Fi Hance (Green)

Cabinet Member for City Health and Wellbeing

Cllr Marg Hickman (Labour)

Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods

Cllr Claire Hiscott (Conserative)

Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Cllr Helen Holland (Labour)

Cabinet Member for Place

Cllr Paul Smith (Labour)

Cabinet Member for Homes

Full Council

Although the Cabinet only includes the Mayor and executive members, Full Council includes all members (that's all councillors and the Mayor).  The Full Council's role is to:

  • approve or reject the budget and policy framework
  • adopt the constitution
  • appoint committees to be responsible for overview and scrutiny functions and regulatory matters.