CHESHIRE West and Chester Council’s executive has appointed eight fellow councillors to champion key areas of the new authority’s work.
The member champions are:
Cllr Don Beckett, Carers Champion; Cllr Hugo Deynem, Climate Change Champion; Cllr Mark Stocks, Design Champion; Cllr Barbara Roberts, Elected Member Development Champion; Cllr Pat Merrick, Equality and Diversity Champion; Cllr Hilarie McNae, Historical Environment Champion; Cllr Jill Houlbrook, Homeless Champion; Cllr Eleanor Johnson, Looked After Children Champion.
Councillor Hilarie McNae, historical environment champion, said: “I am delighted to be appointed Heritage Champion, a position I have previously held for Chester. Our heritage has always been important and we derive much of our prosperity from this source.ŠI look forward to encouraging and promotingŠheritage-related opportunities inŠCheshire West and Chester.”
Councillor Pat Merrick, Equality and Diversity Champion, said: “I want Cheshire West and Chester to be a place where everyone feels equally valued and diversity is something we all welcome.
“A secure community is one where everyone can live and work regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, physical or economic status.
“I hope as champion for the new council that people will contact me if they feel excluded in any aspect of their life at home, school, work or leisure. I will work with our partners to achieve an inclusive community where no one is afraid of difference or being different.”
Councillor Eleanor Johnson, Looked After Children Champion said: “I will do my utmost to represent these children and ensure they get the best possible service that the new authority can provide.”