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New Three Rivers District Council Chairman 'honoured' to be elected
THE new chairman of Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) says it is a 'great honour' to take up the role for the forthcoming year.
Councillor Chris Whately-Smith (Lib Dem, Langleybury), replaces outgoing chairman, Ron Spellen, after being elected at an annual council meeting last night (24).
Mr Whately-Smith has been TRDC's leisure and community portfolio holder for several years, as well as a member of the planning committee.
He told the Gazette: "I am absolutely delighted, it is a great honour to be elected as chairman and I am looking forward to the year ahead and meeting all the amazing people in the district.
"I would like to thank Ron and his wife, Nina, who have given a huge amount of time and service to the district.
"It is a real privilege to be named the first citizen of the district and forge vital links between the council and the community. I hope to focus particularly on sporting and cultural achievements."
Mr Whately-Smith's two chosen charities as chairman include Camfed, which educates poverty-stricken children in Africa in the hope of reducing their risk of HIV and increasing their income.
He is also backing the Licensed Trade Charity, an organisation founded more than 200 years ago by people running pubs who want to take care of others less fortunate within their industry.
Conservative councillor Kemal Butt (Moor Park and Eastbury) has been appointed vice chairman.
Councillor Ann Shaw (Maple Cross and Mill End) remains leader of the ruling Liberal Democrat administration, as well as chairman of the Rickmansworth local area forum and young person's champion.
Fellow Liberal Democrat councillors Phil Brading (Croxley Green South) and Paul Goggins (Langleybury) have been named as chair of the Croxley Green local area forum and pensioners' champion respectively.
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