Councillor Jackie Dale

Forest of Dean District Council welcomes new Cabinet Member for Thriving Communities

Councillor Jackie Dale has been appointed to the Council’s cabinet as Cabinet Member for Thriving Communities. 

Councillor Jackie Dale, said:

“I am delighted and honoured to have been invited to join the Forest of Dean District Council's Cabinet as the member for Thriving Communities and I will do my very best to support and enhance the excellent work of our Council's Communities Team.  

“My focus will be on local resilience and improving community engagement. I am passionate about hearing people’s views and strengthening local democracy so that people feel more empowered to get involved.  

“I will approach this role with determination, honesty, and humility. We all need each other, our family, friends, and communities. That will be my starting point.” 

Councillor Mark Topping, leader of the council, said:

“I would like to welcome Cllr Dale to the Cabinet, and I look forward to working with her to deliver for the Forest of Dean community.  

“Jackie has considerable personal and professional experience in health and community well-being. She is also a passionate advocate of public engagement, which has a central role in the new Council Plan. Adding Jackie to the Cabinet gives us more capacity to deliver on behalf of communities across the district.  

“At the same time as Councillor Dale’s appointment, Councillor Adrian Birch’s portfolio has changed from Communities to Built Environment. Cllr Birch will now be able to focus on our net zero ambitions around planning and housing, leisure, and the built environment generally.”  

Councillor Dale’s Thriving Communities portfolio includes community empowerment and resilience, health and wellbeing, communications, and public engagement. Councillor Adrian Birch’s Built Environment portfolio includes built environment (net zero), housing and homelessness, housing policy and leisure. 

A full list of cabinet responsibilities can be found on the council’s website here:  

Contact Information

Forest of Dean Communications Team

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Notes to editors

The Local Government Act 2000 provides that the Leader may appoint a minimum of 2 cabinet members and a maximum of 9 so the total number of cabinet members including the leader cannot exceed 10. The number of cabinet members a Leader appoints is a matter for their discretion, subject to these legal parameters.