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17th Jan, 2022

Council shakes up the top team

Rob George 12th Jan, 2022

COUNCIL chiefs have made changes to Wychavon’s top team as part of a renewed focus on customer service to tackle the challenges ahead.

That’s the view of council leader Coun Bradley Thomas who made the changes of the executive board last week.

Among the changes is a new role for Coun Emma Stokes takes on a new role with responsibility for resident and customer services which includes waste and recycling collections, street cleaning, car parking and Wychavon’s Customer Contact Centres.

Coun Martin King takes on responsibility for Wychavon’s finances and corporate projects, while Coun Richard Morris keeps his role looking after the economy and tourism but will now also be focused on town centre regeneration and master planning.

Coun Tony Rowley swaps planning for a new climate change, environmental policy, and regulatory services role while Coun Aaron Powell takes charge of planning, infrastructure, and urban design with the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan a priority.

Coun Chris Day remains in charge of housing, health and wellbeing and Coun Rob Adams keep his stronger communities, culture, and sport remit.

The changes were prompted by the sudden retirement of Coun Ron Davis as executive board member for finance following a health scare just before Christmas.

“I have served on the Executive Board for seven years in all and the portfolio l enjoyed most was Resources and Investments as it fitted in with my banking and commercial life,” the Eckington councillor said.

“I regret very much having to leave this role but one’s health must come first especially in my tender years.

Coun Thomas added: “Thanks to Ron’s sharp financial eye we have been able to continue the good financial journey we have been on which has placed us in a strong financial position.”

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