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Greater Manchester Combined Authority Deputies take up Portfolios

Twenty new deputies have been handed portfolio roles on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)

GMCA Leaders and Deputies

In June, two councillors from each Greater Manchester local authority took up their posts as Deputies on the GMCA.  Those deputies have been handed specific portfolios and will support the Leader who shares their Greater Manchester responsibilities.    

Greater Manchester Mayor Tony Lloyd said: “Our new team of Greater Manchester deputies bring a whole host of new skills, experience and expertise to the GMCA.  I’ve no doubt that they will all do a terrific job of taking Greater Manchester forward.

“I’m also proud that our new Deputies are overwhelmingly women and as a group better represent Greater Manchester’s diverse communities."

A full list of portfolio teams is below; 


Leader (Local Authority)


Health and social care


Peter Smith  (Leader, Wigan Council)

Brenda Warrington (Tameside)

Wendy Wild (Stockport)

Linda Thomas (Bolton)

Planning and housing

Richard Farnell  (Leader, Rochdale Council)

Mark Hunter (Stockport)

Paula Boshell (Salford)


Low carbon, waste and environment

Paul Dennett  (Salford City Mayor)

Aasim Rashid (Rochdale)

Lynn Travis (Tameside)

Investment and finance

Kieran Quinn  (Leader, Tameside Council)


Skills and employment

Sean Anstee  (Leader, Trafford Council)

Jenny Bullen (Wigan)

Abdul Jabbar (Oldham)

Children’s services

Cliff Morris  (Leader, Bolton Council)

Donna Martin (Rochdale)

Linda Blackburn (Trafford)

Economic strategy incl internationalisation and marketing and business support

Richard Leese  (Leader, Manchester City Council)

Dylan Butt (Trafford)

Ebrahim Adia (Bolton)


Tony Lloyd  (GM Mayor / PCC)

Sue Murphy (Manchester)

John Merry (Salford)

Police, crime, civil contingencies, fire

Rishi Shori  (Leader, Bury Council)

Barbara Brownridge (Oldham)


Tony Lloyd  (GM Mayor / PCC)

Jo Platt (Wigan)

Fairness, Equalities and Cohesion

Jean Stretton  (Leader, Oldham Council)

Angeliki Stogia (Manchester)

Jane Black (Bury)

Culture, Arts and Leisure

Alex Ganotis  (Leader, Stockport Council)

Jane Lewis (Bury)

Criminal Justice

Tony Lloyd  (GM Mayor / PCC)

Barbara Brownridge (Oldham)


GMCA Deputies will not support the Leader of their own local authority but will work with a Leader, and in most cases other Deputies, from other authorities in their Greater Manchester role. 

Article Published: 13/12/2018 18:48 PM