New Chair elected at Annual Full CouncilYour council
26 May 2023
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 Barbara Jenney was elected as the Council’s chair with Cllr Lora Lawman as Deputy Chair.
I am privileged to represent North Northamptonshire for the next 12 months.Cllr Barbara Jenney
It is an honour, I cannot wait to get out and about to meet people across North Northamptonshire and explore various places locally and further afield. There are some fantastic communities and exciting projects in the area, and it will be a privilege to visit them.
The role of the Chair is a largely ceremonial one, including chairing Full Council meetings and representing the area at civic functions and events.
Councillors also thanked Cllr Larry Henson for carrying out the role for the past year.
During the meeting, the Executive and their portfolios for 2023 - 24 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.
As a Council we remain focussed on our mission to improve public services. This, as we know, is not an easy process. But we have again not shied away from taking difficult decisions and tackling tough issues head-on.Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council
And I believe we have done this thoughtfully. We have listened carefully to our residents when shaping what we do, and we have made conscious decisions when faced with difficult choices.
The meeting also saw George Candler approved as Interim Chief Executive for North Northamptonshire Council.