Shadow Authorities

As part of the process to set up the new unitary councils, shadow authorities have been created. 

The Shadow Authorities - one for Cumberland Council and one for Westmorland and Furness Council - will oversee the planning and preparation for the new unitary authorities between May 2022 and April 2023. 

Both Shadow Authorities have launched websites that hold all the public information related to the Shadow Authority, including information about the elections in May 2022 and the subsequent meetings, agendas, minutes and decisions:


The Shadow Authorities inaugural meetings were held on Tuesday 17 May.

  • Leader - Cllr Mark Fryer.
  • Deputy Leaders - Cllr Lisa Brown (Statutory) and Cllr Emma Williamson (Non-Statutory). 
The Shadow Executive is:
  • Cllr Mark Fryer - Strategic overview, external relations, economy & regeneration and community devolution.
  • Cllr Lisa Brown - Corporate governance and legal.
  • Cllr Emma Williamson - Children's and families.
  • Cllr Elaine Lynch - Education, skills and training.
  • Cllr Denise Rollo - Environment, waste and highways.
  • Cllr Bob Kelly - Corporate plan, strategy, policy and performance. 
  • Cllr Chris Southward - Organisational Development, HR, ICT, digital and customer.
  • Cllr Barbara Cannon - Corporate finance and assets.
  • Cllr Martin Harris - Adults'.
  • Cllr Anne Quilter - Community services including leisure, parks, museums and libraries.
A Chair (Cllr Carni McCarron-Holmes) and Vice Chair (Cllr Abdul Harid) for the Shadow Authority for Cumberland Council meetings were also appointed.

A number of appointments to interim statutory officer roles for the Shadow Authority for Cumberland Council were also confirmed:
  • Interim Head of Paid Service - Andrew Seekings.
  • Interim Monitoring Officer - Catherine Parkinson.
  • Interim Chief Finance Officer - Pam Duke.
The full agenda and committee papers are available at www.cumberland.gov.uk 



At the Westmorland and Furness meeting, the following were appointed:
  • Leader - Councillor Jonathan Brook.
  • Deputy Leader - Councillor Pat Bell.
The Shadow Authority Cabinet is:
  • Councillor Jonathan Brook - Leader, Portfolio Holder for Strategic Partnerships and Economy.
  • Councillor Patricia Bell - Deputy Leader, Portfolio Holder for Adults, Health and Care.
  • Councillor Sue Sanderson - Portfolio Holder for Children's Services, Education and Skills.
  • Councillor Andrew Jarvis - Portfolio Holder for Finance.
  • Councillor Peter Thornton - Portfolio Holder for Highways and Assets.
  • Councillor Virginia Taylor - Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Communities and Localities.
  • Councillor Giles Archibald - Portfolio Holder for Climate and Biodiversity.
  • Councillor Dyan Jones - Portfolio Holder for Customer and Environmental Services.
  • Councillor Judith Derbyshire - Portfolio Holder for Housing and Homelessness.
  • Councillor Neil Hughes - Portfolio Holder for Transport.
The Chair of the new council is Councillor Matthew Severn with Councillor Ali Jama as Deputy Chair.

A number of appointments to interim statutory officer roles for the Shadow Authority for Westmorland and Furness were also confirmed:
  • Interim Head of Paid Service - Sam Plum.
  • Interim Monitoring Officer - Linda Fisher.
  • Interim Chief Finance Officer - Helen Smith.
The full agenda and committee papers are available at www.westmorlandandfurness.gov.uk