A cabinet reshuffle at Hounslow Council was prompted by the need for "new blood and fresh ideas".

That's according to council leader Steve Curran, who has brought in three new faces to the 10-strong decision-making team at the heart of his Labour administration.

Councillors Ed Mayne, Katherine Dunne and outgoing mayor Corinna Smart have replaced Ajmer Grewal (the former equalities chief), Sachin Gupta (ex-leisure boss), and Lily Bath (who was in charge of adult social care and health).

Mr Mayne is a direct replacement for Mr Gupta, and Ms Dunne - who only became a councillor last year - takes over Ms Grewal's portfolio, with the added responsibility of housing.

Ms Kaur has moved from corporate performance and customer care to adult social care and health, with Ms Smart taking over her old role.

Speaking after the appointments were announced at the borough council meeting on Tuesday (May 26), Mr Curran said: "I think we need new blood and fresh ideas.

"The three outgoing cabinet members have done a fantastic job but this is about giving some new vitality."

Councillor Sachin Gupta, who was Hounslow mayor in 2013/14 (Photo by Fergus Burnett - fergusburnett.com)

Mr Curran added that he was proud of what this administration had achieved during its first 12 months, especially when it came to housing and employment.

He claimed the council was well on course to deliver on its commitment to provide 3,000 new affordable homes, including 400 extra council homes, by 2018, and had already provided 272 of the 300 apprenticeship places it promised over the four years.

But he said the next year would be a tough one, with more savings to be found, especially if the summer budget on July 8 throws up any nasty surprises for local authorities.

Hounslow Council cabinet portfolios:

  • Steve Curran: council leader
  • Amrit Mann: deputy council leader
  • Richard Foote: community protection
  • Theo Dennison: finance and citizen engagement
  • Sue Sampson: communities
  • Katherine Dunne: housing, equalities and inclusion
  • Tom Bruce: education and children's services
  • Kamaljit Kaur: adult social care and health services
  • Ed Mayne: public health and leisure
  • Corinna Smart: corporate performance and customer care

Who's in and who's out?


  • Corinna Smart, cabinet member for corporate performance and customer care
  • Ed Mayne, cabinet member for public health and leisure
  • Katherine Dunne, cabinet member for housing, equalities and inclusion
Councillor Ed Mayne (Photo by Fergus Burnett - fergusburnett.com)


  • Ajmer Grewal, former cabinet member for equalities and inclusion
  • Sachin Gupta, former cabinet member for public health and leisure, who was mayor in
  • Lily Bath, former cabinet member for adult social care and health

At the same meeting, Nisar Malik became the council's first muslim mayor.