A FORMER engineer and entrepreneur has elected as the new chairman of Worcestershire County Council.
Following a successful technical career travelling in Europe, the US, and New Zealand, Coun Bob Brookes has represented Droitwich as a town councillor, serving as Mayor; as a Wychavon District councillor; and has been a Worcestershire County Councillor since 2017.
Coun Brookes became involved with the introduction of colour television in Britain during the 70’s at about the time the outgoing chairman Coun Peter Tomlinson was broadcasting on our TV screens.
As well as working in electronics design and manufacture, Bob worked for seven years at a local and national level providing technical support to our schools with the introduction of computers to the classroom.
This included using emerging technology to support the development of children with disabilities so they could realise their full potential.
“It is a great honour but also very humbling to take on the responsibility of being Worcestershire County Council’s new chairman and I intend to use every opportunity to encourage the development of our economy,” he said.
Coun Brookes is presently working closely with local residents and business to re-establish a Brine Baths facility in Droitwich was heavily involved in bringing back Droitwich Salt production after a gap of 100 years.
He has lived in Droitwich for 38 years together with his wife Veronica, a retired Community Pharmacist, who spent much of her working life in this county.
Their three children were educated in Worcestershire; two went on to become GPs and one became a lawyer. They have four grandchildren.
Redditch councillor Juliet Brunner has also been elected as this year’s vice-Chairman. Coun Brunner is a county councillor for Arrow Valley East with Tom Baker-Price.