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Leader to continue in role as collaborative Council will work together again

Three headshots of Councillor Tom Hunt, Councillor Shaffaq Mohammed and Councillor Douglas Johnson, all smiling
From left, Councillor Tom Hunt, Councillor Shaffaq Mohammed and Councillor Douglas Johnson

Sheffield Council’s new administration has been formally announced today, with a collaboration between Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party. 

Cllr Tom Hunt will continue as Leader of the Council for the second year, and Cllr Fran Belbin will be Deputy Leader, both from the Labour Party. Cllr Hunt said after the announcement that “we will continue the work we have started over the past 12 months”. 

The Council is made up of eight policy committees plus a Finance Committee, and chairs for all of these were also confirmed at today’s (Wednesday 15th May) Annual General Meeting. 

All the Council’s political groups are represented on committees in proportion to the numbers of councillors from each Party elected at the 2024 Local Elections on Thursday 2nd May.

Labour will chair 4 committees, Liberal Democrats 3, and the Green Party 2. 

WATCH: Cllr Tom Hunt, Leader of Sheffield City Council, outlines the main aims of the next 12 months:

The committee chairs for the following year are as follows: 


Strategy and Resources Committee 

Chair: Cllr Tom Hunt (Labour) 

Deputy: Cllr Fran Belbin (Labour) 

Liberal Democrat Group spokesperson: Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed 

Green Group spokesperson: Cllr Douglas Johnson 


Finance Committee 

Chair: Cllr Zahira Naz (Labour) 

Deputy: Cllr Mike Levery (Liberal Democrat) 

Green Group spokesperson: Cllr Martin Phipps 


Adult Health and Social Care Committee 

Chair: Cllr Angela Argenzio (Green) 

Deputy: Cllr Sophie Thornton (Liberal Democrat) 

Labour Group spokesperson: Cllr Laura McClean 


Education, Children and Families Committee 

Chair: Cllr Dawn Dale (Labour)

Deputy: Cllr Toby Mallinson (Green) 

Liberal Democrat Group spokesperson: Cllr Mohammed Mahroof


Housing Committee 

Chair: Cllr Douglas Johnson (Green) 

Deputy: Cllr Penny Baker (Liberal Democrat) 

Labour Group spokesperson: Cllr Alison Norris 


Transport, Regeneration and Climate Committee 

Chair: Cllr Ben Miskell (Labour) 

Deputy: Cllr Alexi Dimond (Green) 

Liberal Democrat Group spokesperson: Cllr Andrew Sangar 


Economic Development and Skills Committee 

Chair: Cllr Martin Smith (Liberal Democrat)

Deputy: Cllr Ibby Ullah (Labour)

Green Group spokesperson: Cllr Henry Nottage


Waste and Street Scene Committee 

Chair: Cllr Joe Otten (Liberal Democrat) 

Deputy: Cllr Minesh Parekh (Labour) 

Green Group spokesperson: Cllr Christine Gilligan Kubo 


Communities, Parks and Leisure Committee 

Chair: Cllr Kurtis Crossland (Liberal Democrat) 

Deputy: Cllr Laura Moynahan (Labour) 

Green Group spokesperson: Cllr Marieanne Elliot 


Council Leader, Cllr Tom Hunt, said:

“It is a huge honour to be re-elected to lead Sheffield City Council. We will continue the work we have started over the past 12 months. We will work hard to help people with the cost of living crisis, improve our public transport and build the new homes we need. We have a shared commitment to bring in investment, to create new jobs and make Sheffield cleaner, greener and safer.

"Sheffield is a city on the up and we will work together to build a better, brighter future for our city."

Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Sheffield City Council, said:

“The Liberal Democrat Group within Sheffield City Council are dedicated to continuing the work the Council has begun over the past 12 months for the benefit of our residents.

“We will work across all parties to help people through the ongoing cost of living crisis, while striving to bring in investment to the city and improve the lives of all who call Sheffield home through better transport, housing and cultural offerings.”

Cllr Douglas Johnson, Leader of the Green Group on Sheffield City Council, said:

“The past 12 months have shown how political parties can come together and work for the benefit of Sheffield. The Green Party played a role in that work, and we look forward to helping continue that work over the coming year.

“Housing, transport and tackling the Climate and Nature Emergencies are among the priorities for all of us to build a bright future for Sheffield.”