Supporting the local economy and small businesses, highlighting the work of the voluntary sector and helping to raise the profile of young musicians are the key themes for the new Chairman of East Sussex County Council.
Councillor Chris Dowling (pictured) from Uckfield, said: “It’s a real honour to be appointed as the new Chairman of the County Council. “I will do my best to promote our wonderful County at events within East Sussex and at engagements further afield. My main themes cover small businesses, the voluntary sector and our brilliant young musicians.
“As someone who runs a small business myself, I understand the huge part small businesses play in our local economy, so I will be doing all I can to support them.
“The voluntary sector and the work carried out by thousands of volunteers in East Sussex are also incredibly important so I want to use my time as Chairman to support volunteer groups whenever I can.
“I will also help to raise the profile of our fantastic young musicians and the work of the County Council’s East Sussex Music Service.”
Councillor Dowling also paid tribute to the outgoing Chairman, Rupert Simmons and to other high profile councillors who have stepped down from their roles.
“Rupert Simmons has been an outstanding Chairman of the County Council,” he said. “For the last two years, Rupert has raised the profile of East Sussex and I hope I can continue his good work. And on behalf of the County Council, I would also like to thank Councillors Meg Stroude, Tony Reid, Bob Tidy and Matthew Lock who have stepped down from their roles in the Cabinet.”
News of Cllr Dowling’s appointment first appeared on this website on May 20.
Councillor Matthew Lock has been named as vice-chairman of the council.
*Simon Hughes has been appointed as Assistant Chief Executive – Governance and Community Services at East Sussex County Council.
He takes up his new position at the end of the month. Mr Hughes will lead a 600-strong department delivering key public services, including libraries, archives and registration services, as well as internal services such as legal and personnel. He will be responsible for improving the way we work with residents and making services easier to access.
The post of Assistant Chief Executive – Governance and Community Services results from a reshaping of the council's senior officer structure, including removing two directors posts, which will give savings of over £400,000 a year.