By Kelly Wickham
Paul Marshall has been elected as the new leader of West Sussex County Council at a meeting of full council on Friday, October 18.
Cllr Marshall said:
“I am very proud and honoured to be the new leader of West Sussex County Council at this important time for our residents and staff.
“My focus will be on delivering really good services to the residents of West Sussex.
“In particular, my priorities are to make sure we make much-needed and significant improvements to our children’s services and our fire and rescue service, and meet the growing demands on adult services.”
He succeeds Cllr Louise Goldsmith, who stood down earlier this month and Cllr Marshall acknowledged her work as leader during nearly ten years in the role.
Cllr Marshall has represented the Storrington division as a county councillor since 2017 and has held the position of cabinet member for children and young people since August, 2018. He has also been a Horsham district councillor since 2015.
Cllr Marshall will, in the interim, retain the statutory responsibility for children’s services, including schools. He will support Cllr Jacquie Russell (East Grinstead South and Ashurst Wood) in her new role as cabinet member for children and young people, covering social care and support services for children.
Cllr Nigel Jupp (Southwater and Nuthurst) will take up the role of cabinet member for education and skills, supporting Cllr Marshall with the range of functions related to schools and education.
Cllr Duncan Crow (Tilgate and Furnace Green) is the new cabinet member for fire and rescue and communities.
All other cabinet positions remain unchanged.
Cllr Marshall’s background is in retail and he has held a number of positions at director level covering a range of areas including marketing, supply chain and strategic growth. He lives in Washington with his wife and two daughters.
“My vision is to lead an authority that is open with the public about how it works, that welcomes scrutiny from all politicians and partners, and that creates a positive working environment for its staff. I look forward to the challenges ahead with determination and optimism.”