Two key announcements to support businesses and residents across Hertsmere were made by the Leader of the Council at last night's (Wednesday 24 June) annual general meeting.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Morris Bright MBE, outlined that Cllr Paul Morris OBE, responsible for Community and Economic Development, would be standing down from that portfolio holder role and the Executive. Cllr Meenal Sachdev, a borough councillor representing Borehamwood Hillside ward, will take over in this key role.
Cllr Paul Morris OBE will remain as a borough councillor, continuing to serve Bushey Heath ward, and will chair a newly-established cross-party Post Covid-19 Recovery Working Group.
The Community and Economic Development portfolio role that Cllr Sachdev is taking on involves responsibility for local regeneration; employment growth; becoming a business champion; promoting social inclusion within the workforce particularly for local youth and the older generation; and promoting the region as a tourist destination.
Cllr Bright commented: "My sincere thanks to Paul for his sterling service to the Executive. I am delighted that he will continue to make a key contribution to the authority both as a highly-valued borough councillor and as he takes on the role as Chair of our new cross-party Post Covid-19 Recovery Working Group which was agreed at last night’s meeting.
“As a council we have a crucial role to play with helping our residents and business communities recover lost ground in the aftermath of this appalling pandemic and Paul’s leadership will be critical to this work.
“I am delighted that Meenal will be joining our Executive as she has a wealth of knowledge and business experience to bring to the portfolio holder role as well as vital links within our communities, notably from the leading work she has undertaken to tackle modern slavery.
“I, and my colleagues on the Executive, look forward to working with Meenal to promote economic development and community regeneration and ensuring that the borough thrives.”
Posted on Thursday 25th June 2020