A RESPECTED Pershore councillor has been named the new Chairman of Wychavon District Council.
Coun Val Wood, who also serves as a town councillor in Pershore, was handed the chains of office at a meeting last Wednesday (May 20).
She takes over the role from former chairman Coun Lynne Duffy who has been handed the job of deputy leader and portfolio holder for resources under new leader Coun Linda Robinson, the first female leader of the authority.
The Chairman’s charities this year will be Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and Dementia Care and her consort for public engagements will be Peter Farrall.
“During my year I will be supporting the local voluntary organisations and charities to the best of my ability, including my charities which are Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and Dementia Care,” Coun Wood said.
“I am open to all suggestions and if anyone would like me to support their event then please contact the Support Services team on 01386 565201.”
Outgoing chairman, Coun Duffy paid tribute to her successor and said: “I would like to wish Coun Wood a successful and enjoyable year and thank her for supporting me last year as my Vice Chairman.”
Coun Robinson, said: “I am delighted to be the first female leader of the council and I look forward to all of the challenges that lie ahead.”
A number of Evesham councillors have joined the executive board under Coun Robinson with Coun
Gerry O’Donnell being handed the Community Development, Culture and Sport brief.
Coun Emma Stokes remains on the executive board with responsibility for environment and street scene while Coun
Charlie Homer has been handed the town regeneration and economic advisory panel brief.