Cabinet’s fresh faces join familiar looking leadership
Seventeen new councillors voted in at Chiltern District Council
New vice-chairman Val Letheren and chairman Bill Chapple A NEW-LOOK cabinet at Chiltern District Council has been announced.
Following the local council elections on Thursday May 7, there are 17 newly-elected members working alongside 23 returning councillors.
The emphasis of the new cabinet is on stability and continuance of the work already under way.
Councillor Isobel Darby remains the leader, with Mike Stannard staying on as deputy and cabinet member for support services.
The rest of the cabinet is as follows:
Peter Martin takes on sustainable development
Mike Smith leads on environment
Graham Harris is in charge of community, health and housing
Fred Wilson remains with customer services
Cllr Darby said: “These are exciting times for local government, particularly with the agenda of a new incoming government.
“It’s great to have an influx of so many new councillors joining the authority, but that welcome is, of course, tinged with sadness at saying farewell to many old friends.
“We have much work to do in the months ahead and I am absolutely confident that my cabinet has the strength, resilience and determination to take us forward.”
Cllr Mimi Harker has been announced as chairman, having been deputy for the past two years.
Her deputy is Cllr Nigel Shepherd.
Cllr Harker said: “It’s a huge honour to serve the residents of Chiltern as chairman and I will work hard on their behalf.
“I’m very much a people person and will relish getting out and about seeing our communities in action.
“I can’t wait to get started.”
Outgoing councillors include four former chairmen, all of whom decided not to stand for election this time. They are: Pam Appleby. She was originally elected to the Amersham Rural District Council in 1967 and has served on Chiltern District Council continuously since 1979. She was awarded the MBE in 1992 for services to the district council, the only person to have received such an honour. She chaired the council
IN CHARGE: (From left) Chiltern District Council leader Isobel Hardy and deputy Mike Stannard keep their positions and (right) Mimi Harker is the new chairman from 1995-1997.
John Warder. He was elected to Chiltern District Council in 1991. He was leader of the cabinet from 2007-2010 and chairman 2011-2013.
Jeremy Ryman. Representing Chalfont St Giles, he was elected to Chiltern District Council in 2003. He was chairman from 2009-2011, and vice-chairman for the preceding two years.
Noel Brown: He has served on the district council since 1976 and continues as a Chesham Town councillor. Noel was chairman from 2013 until handing over to the current chairman, Mimi Harker.
It’s great to
have an influx of so many new councillors joining