THREE new appointments to Cheshire West and Chester Council’s executive board were announced at the annual council meeting.
Cllr Eveleigh Moore Dutton will replace Cllr Les Ford as executive member for resources, following his decision to step down from the role.
Cllr Lynda Jones will take over as executive member for growth and innovation from Cllr Herbert Manley, who is the new Sheriff of Chester.
And Cllr Margaret Parker will take on the newly created role of executive member for governance.
Tarporley councillor Eveleigh Moore Dutton was elected in 2011 and has chaired the scrutiny committee for the last three years.
She is a former Chester city and Cheshire county councillor, where she served as executive member for ICT and communication and then for highways and transportation, and has stood as a candidate for the British and European parliaments.
A former co-owner and director of an earthmoving company, Cllr Moore Dutton’s career also includes working in the trustees department of an international bank.
She said: “I am grateful to Cllr Ford for the terrific job he has done. I intend to ensure that the council continues on a steady track; constantly seeking to balance the requirement to control costs with the need to help our residents who need support.
“This can best be achieved by the creation of a strong and resilient local economy right across the borough. To achieve this I will be working with colleagues, external partners and the private sector.”
Cllr Lynda Jones has represented the Winsford Over and Verdin ward since 2011 and was previously executive member for commissioning.
Married with three children, she spent the majority of her career in senior recruitment and facilities management roles where she worked with blue chip companies including ICI and Royal Mail.
Cllr Jones then took a career break for six years to raise her daughter, before standing for election to the council.
She is also a governor at Whitegate Church of England Primary School, St Bede’s Catholic Primary School in Weaverham, and Oak View Academy in Winsford.
Cllr Jones said: “I have a great deal of professional experience in business development and I feel that this, combined with my keen interest in regeneration and economic prosperity, equips me well for this role.
“I have enjoyed working closely with Cllr Manley over the years, and having served on the council’s policy development board, this feels very much like a natural progression for me.”
Chester villages councillor Margaret Parker was elected to the council in 2011. Her appointments have included chairman of the safeguarding committee, deputy chairman of the children and education scrutiny committee and member of the strategic planning committee.
She is a former Chester city councillor, becoming group leader and then council leader in 2007, and is currently vice chairman of Mickle Trafford and District Parish Council.
She formerly worked in the family’s environmental business with her husband Stuart, a councillor who also represents Chester villages and is executive member for Culture and Economy. The couple have a daughter and a grandson.
Cllr Parker said: “It is a privilege to have been offered the post of executive member for governance, which is a new role to oversee the council’s portfolio of strategic delivery companies.
“I am looking forward to the challenge this position will bring and I will work hard to integrate this new service for the benefit of the residents across the borough, and the authority.”
Council leader Mike Jones told the meeting the remaining executive members remain unchanged.
Speaking afterwards, he said: “I am delighted to welcome Eveleigh, Lynda and Margaret into their new executive roles.
“I would also like to pay tribute to Herbert and Les for their hard work and tremendous dedication. I wish them both a very enjoyable final year on the council.”
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