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@essexcanning Announced as new cabinet member

13 Oct @essexcanning Announced as new cabinet member

One of Essex’s youngest councillors will take up a new position on Essex County Council’s Cabinet, it has been announced.

Councillor Stephen Canning takes up the newly created Cabinet position of Digital Innovation.

A County Councillor since 2015, Councillor Canning takes on the new role leading on the Council’s digital strategy, information technology, digital transformation and customer services.

Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said: “We have spoken in the past about the Council’s need to make better use of digital. This is something that could be said of local government in general, and in Stephen we have someone who is passionate about the use of digital in improving people’s lives.”

Cllr Canning added: “The effective use of digital technologies is absolutely vital in looking at how we deliver services in the years to come, and I am delighted that the council has recognised what an important portfolio this is.”

In other changes announced, Cllr Kevin Bentley will take on the role of infrastructure following Cllr Bass’s decision to step down from Cabinet. He will be responsible for our rail, port and aviation strategy as well as Strategic Infrastructure Commissioning.
Cllr Eddie Johnson will remain as Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation but will gain responsibility for the Local Transport Plan, Highways Capital Programme and Strategic Highways Delivery.