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New deputy leader and cabinet member changes announced


Council leader Mark Hawthorne has today appointed Cllr Richard Boyles as deputy leader of Gloucestershire County Council and Cllr Patrick Molyneux as cabinet member for economy, education and skills.


Cllr Boyles takes on his new role in addition to his existing role as cabinet member for children’s safeguarding and early years.

Cllr Boyles said: “I’m delighted and honoured to take up this important role as deputy leader of Gloucestershire County Council. I look forward to supporting the wider work of the council, delivering support and improvements for communities.”

Cllr Boyles replaces Cllr Ray Theodoulou, who announced that he would be standing down from the council’s cabinet after 14 years in the post. He will continue to serve as local councillor for Fairford and Lechlade on Thames.

Cllr Patrick Molyneux has been appointed cabinet member for economy, education and skills.

He replaces Cllr Lynden Stowe, who remains a cabinet member but now has responsibility for finance and change.

Cllr Molyneux said: “I’m very pleased to be appointed to this role and will work tirelessly to deliver improved outcomes for young people and support our economy to go from strength to strength.”

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I look forward to working closely with Richard, Patrick and Lynden as we continue to deliver on our commitment to invest in the county and provide quality services.

“We have a strong mix of cabinet members who come from across the county and understand local issues. Working together, we will ensure we continue to make a positive difference to the lives of people across the county.”

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