Cabi­net’s fresh faces join familiar look­ing lead­er­ship

Seven­teen new coun­cil­lors voted in at Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­

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

the author­ity”


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