New chairman chosen for council

Councillor Jill Blackwell was sworn in as chairman of Blaby District Council at their annual meeting on May 22.

The new chair is taking over from Councillor Barry Garner and has chosen to support Leicester Animal Aid and national charity the Cinnamon Trust during her term in office.

Councillor Blackwell has lived in Blaby for 18 years and will be undertaking her second term as chairman at the Council, she said:

“I am thrilled to be chairman again and with the Olympics and Jubilee celebrations coming up I couldn’t have picked a more exciting year to represent the district.

“My aim is to meet lots of different people and groups and to be an ambassador for Blaby District Council across Leicestershire.”

She has represented the Enderby and St Johns ward on Blaby District Council for 13 years and was the authority’s older persons champion from 2007-2010.

Her work experience includes 20 years as a director of a business partnership, 15 years as a community development worker in schools and 16 years teaching literacy, numeracy, food handling, life and social skills in a prison.

Councillor Alan Tanner was named vice chairman for the year.

Outgoing chairman Cllr Garner raised £823.61 for the Royal British Legion during his term in office.

The chairman is available to attend any events, no matter how big or small, that groups and businesses may be planning over the next year.

To invite the chairman to an event or for more information on the role visit www.blaby.gov.uk/chairman, email civic@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7512.

Cllr. Jill Blackwell with Cllr. Barry Garner

New chairman Cllr Jill Blackwell with former chairman Cllr Barry Garner

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