Newly elected County Council swings into action

  |  Published: May 18th 2017

The 49 newly-elected members of Buckinghamshire County Council set to work today (Thursday May 18) at the first meeting of their four-year administration.

Val Letheren handed the Chairman's chain of office to her successor, Patricia Birchley (Chiltern Ridges), and was presented with an album of photos from her year in office.

Martin Tett (Little Chalfont & Amersham Common) was returned as Leader and welcomed new Members, who make up almost a third of the new County Council.

He said: "I thank the people of Buckinghamshire for voting for their County Council in such numbers. It is important that those of us elected now turn our attention to delivering the best results for the residents and businesses of our fantastic county."

Martin introduced the new Cabinet, which will be responsible for day-to-day decisions in implementing the Council's budget and policies. They are:

Deputy Leader and Transport: Mark Shaw (Chesham).
Education and Skills: Mike Appleyard (Wooburns, Bourne End & Hedsor)
Children's Services: Warren Whyte (Buckingham East)
Health and Wellbeing: Lin Hazell (Farnham Common & Burnham Beeches)
Planning and Environment: Bill Chapple OBE (Aston Clinton & Bierton)
Community Engagement: Noel Brown (Chess Valley)
Resources and Finance: John Chilver (Winslow)

Martin Tett, continuing as Leader
Martin Tett, continuing as Leader
Mark Shaw, succeeding Mike Appleyard as Deputy Leader, and continuing as Cabinet Member for Transport
Mark Shaw, succeeding Mike Appleyard as Deputy Leader, and continuing as Cabinet Member for Transport
Mike Appleyard, moving to the Education and Skills portfolio having served as Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care
Mike Appleyard, moving to the Education and Skills portfolio having served as Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care
Warren Whyte, moving to the Children's Services portfolio having served as Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment
Warren Whyte, moving to the Children's Services portfolio having served as Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment
Lin Hazell, moving to the Health and Wellbeing portfolio having served as Cabinet Member for Children's Services
Lin Hazell, moving to the Health and Wellbeing portfolio having served as Cabinet Member for Children's Services
Bill Chapple, returning to the Cabinet to take up the Planning and Environment portfolio having served as Chairman of Finance Performance and Resources Select Committee
Bill Chapple, returning to the Cabinet to take up the Planning and Environment portfolio having served as Chairman of Finance Performance and Resources Select Committee
Noel Brown, newly appointed to the Cabinet to take up the Community Engagement portfolio having served as Deputy Cabinet Member for Education and Skills
Noel Brown, newly appointed to the Cabinet to take up the Community Engagement portfolio having served as Deputy Cabinet Member for Education and Skills
John Chilver, continuing as Cabinet Member for Resources and Finance
John Chilver, continuing as Cabinet Member for Resources and Finance
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