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Oldham Borough Council

Oldham Borough Council

The Oldham Enterprise Trust helps Oldham residents into enterprise and employability and contributes to long-term economic growth.  As part of the ‘Get Oldham Working’ initiative, the Trust, kick-started by a £1m donation from The Stoller Charitable Trust, aims to help the next generation of entrepreneurs get start-up businesses off the ground and supports young people into employment.

The Trust provides a one stop portal to start-up and growth companies to access the wide range of business funding that is available as well as free business advice and support.


  • Dave Benstead (HR Director at Diodes) Chair
  • Cllr Shoab Akhtar (Oldham Council)
  • Cllr Eddie Moores (Oldham Council)
  • Laura Smart (Director at KPMG)
  • David Meredith (Business Consultant)

The Cabinet is made up of a Leader, a Deputy Leader and up to 9 councillors appointed by the Leader.

The Cabinet is responsible for strategic decisions and recommends proposals for approval by full Council on the budget, Council Tax levels and the Council’s policy framework.

The Cabinet can form committees, working groups and panels. For example, a sub committee of the Cabinet has been formed to take decisions about Trust Land within the Borough.

The Cabinet meets monthly. For minutes and agendas Browse meetings.

What does the Cabinet do?

The Leader of the Council may determine to exercise any of the executive functions of the Council personally, or may arrange for the exercise of any of the Council’s executive functions by:

  • The Cabinet
  • By a Committee of the Cabinet
  • By an officer of the Council in consultation with a Member of the Cabinet.

Powers of the Cabinet

  • Implement agreed policies
  • Give political leadership
  • Make key decisions
  • Proposes policy framework
  • Proposes the budget
  • Makes recommendations to Council

Cabinet members

Only councillors may be appointed to Cabinet and portfolios are assigned by the Leader.

Economy and Skills

Lead: Cllr Sean Fielding (Council Leader) | Deputy: Cllr Mohon Ali

  • City region and devolution
  • External relations
  • Policy and performance
  • Communications and media
  • Regeneration and infrastructure
  • Enterprise and business support
  • Corporate property and assets
  • Oldham town centre and markets
  • Get Oldham Working
  • Employability
  • Work and skills strategy
  • Lifelong learning
  • Apprenticeships

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