Council creates twelve honorary aldermen
Release date: 16 December 2015
Members of Cotswold District Council met on 15 December and appointed 12 new honorary aldermen in recognition of their services to the authority prior to standing down from office:
Clive Bennett – former Chairman of the Council and the Licensing Committee;
John Birch – former Chairman of the Planning Committee and Cabinet Member for Development Services and a leading participant in the creation of the Cirencester Leisure Centre;
David Broad – former Chairman of the Licensing Committee and a long serving Member of the Planning Committee;
John Burgess – previously Cabinet member for ICT issues and a lead Member in setting up shared services;
Sandra Carter – former Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny Committee and carbon management board;
Barry Gibbs – held several portfolios in Cabinet (including housing, communities, customer services) and lead councillor on outsourcing of leisure services;
Sir Edward Horsfall – former Chairman of the Council and Cabinet Member for health, housing and community issues;
Sheila Jeffery – former Chairman of the Council and Cabinet Member for several issues, including tourism;
Deryck Nash – former leader of Liberal Democrat group (Mr Nash was not present and will be honoured at the next Council meeting in 2016);
Carolyn Nicolle – former Chairman of the Council. Served as a Member for 24 years;
David Penman – former Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee Also served on the Planning and Licensing Committees;
Carole Topple – twice served as Deputy Leader. Also Chairman of the Planning Committee and held Cabinet portfolios for planning and health & wellbeing.
CDC leader Cllr Lynden Stowe and the leader of the Liberal Democrat group Cllr Joe Harris both paid tribute to the appointees and highlighted some of their achievements.
Following the meeting, Cllr Stowe said:
“The fact that we have honoured so many of our past Members today underlines the positive impact that they have had on the work of the Council over the years. They have all played their part in making CDC one of the best performing local authorities in the country, and I am grateful to them all for their contribution.
“I was particularly heartened to hear the honourees praise the efforts of the officers in the Council and the cordial and efficient working relations that they developed with them over the years.”