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New Chair elected at Annual Full Council

Councillors, meetings and democracy

27 May 2022

Cllr Larry Henson

At the meeting of North Northamptonshire Council’s Annual Full Council yesterday, Councillors welcomed a new Chair of the Council for the next civic year.

During the meeting, Cllr Larry Henson was sworn in as the Council’s chair with Cllr Barbara Jenney as Deputy Chair.

It is an honour and privilege, to represent North Northamptonshire for the next year.

I am thoroughly looking forward to getting out and about to meet people across North Northamptonshire over the next year. We have some lovely towns and villages and it will be a pleasure to visit them and meet with communities.
Cllr Larry Henson, Chair of the council

The role of the Chair is a largely ceremonial, including chairing Full Council meetings and representing the area at civic functions and events. 

Councillors also thanked Cllr Paul Bell for carrying out his role as the first Chair of North Northamptonshire Council.

During the meeting, the Executive and their portfolios for 2022 - 23 were confirmed with Cllr Jason Smithers continuing as Leader and Cllr Helen Howell as Deputy Leader alongside her role as Executive Member for Sport, Leisure, Culture and Tourism.

Since the Council came into existence last year, our staff and elected members have worked tirelessly to serve North Northamptonshire with dedication and commitment and I am extremely proud of the work that has been achieved so far.

As a Council, we are united in our desire to improve public services and over the last year we have not shied away from tackling the difficult issues we have faced along the way. We have worked thoughtfully to set the agenda for change. Together this Council has set out an ambitious plan for the future for North Northamptonshire.
Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the council

Details of all upcoming Council meetings are available online via the Council’s website.