New Chairman for Broadland District Council

Cllr Karen Vincent
Cllr Karen Vincent, Chairman of Broadland District Council.

Published: Wednesday, 22nd May 2019

Councillor Karen Vincent was appointed Chairman of Broadland District Council at the council's Annual Meeting last night, Tuesday 21st May, 2019, following a year as Vice Chairman.

She represents Old Catton and Sprowston West and brings many years of experience to the role. She takes over from Cllr Judy Leggett, who last night presented a cheque for £1,600 during the meeting to domestic abuse charity Leeway, her chosen charity during her chairmanship. 

Cllr Vincent, who has been a district councillor since 2015, said: "It is a privilege and an honour to take up this position and follow in the distinguished footsteps of my predecessors. During my year in office I look forward to supporting community projects across Broadland and meeting those who contribute so much." 

Cllr Roger Foulger was elected Vice Chairman.  

Councillor Shaun Vincent was re-appointed Leader of Broadland District Council at the meeting. He has held the Leader role since July 2018, after Cllr Andrew Proctor stepped down to become Leader of Norfolk County Council. Cllr Vincent leads a council consisting of 33 Conservative, 12 Liberal Democrat and 2 Labour members.

Last night he appointed Broadland District Council's Cabinet with portfolio holders as follows: Finance and Deputy Leader, Cllr Trudy Mancini-Boyle; Economic Development, Cllr Jo Copplestone; Environmental Excellence, Cllr Judy Leggett; Housing & Wellbeing, Cllr Fran Whymark; Planning, Cllr Lana Hempsell; Transformation & Organisational Development, Cllr Jonathan Emsell. 

Cllr Vincent said: "It is a real privilege to be leader and I find myself at the helm at an exciting time – a time of significant change and challenge but also of opportunity. The future for Broadland is bright and we have a great group of new and returning Councillors who are full of passion and desire to meet the challenges head on, and continue to put the community at the heart of everything Broadland District Council does."

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