Councillor David Sanders elected Mayor of Peterborough

Councillor David Sanders was elected as the city's first citizen at the annual meeting of Peterborough City Council tonight (Monday 23 May 2016). 

Councillor Keith Sharp was named Deputy Mayor and his friend Christine Wilson will be Deputy Mayoress. Councillor Sharp previously served as Mayor in 2010/11.

The Mayor's Chaplain will be The Reverend Simon Kaye of Thorney Abbey, Pioneer Curate of Eye, Newborough and Thorney.

During his year of office, Councillor Sanders will raise money for the Salvation Army Good Neighbours Scheme, Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and the Royal Air Force Association.

Councillor Sanders has been a serving councillor in Peterborough since 1997. He has previously held cabinet roles and has sat on a number of scrutiny committees. 

At the meeting tonight Councillor John Holdich was confirmed leader of the council. He retains his education, skills and university portfolio and is also responsible for communications.

Councillor Wayne Fitzgerald will continue as deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for integrated adult social care and health.

A number of former cabinet members return this year to lead on portfolios - Councillor Samantha Smith was appointed cabinet member for children’s services and social care, Councillor Janet Goodwin returns to lead the city centre management, culture and tourism portfolio and Councillor Irene Walsh has been appointed cabinet member for communities, enforcement and cohesion

A number of cabinet positions remain unchanged - Councillor Diane Lamb retains her portfolio for public health, Councillor Peter Hiller remains cabinet member for growth, planning, housing and economic development and Councillor Gavin Elsey retains the leadership for waste and street scene, including overseeing the council’s partnerships with Amey and Viridor.

Councillor David Seaton remains cabinet member for resources but also becomes the cabinet's lead on Digital Peterborough.  

Councillor Graham Casey retains his position as cabinet advisor to the cabinet member for city centre management, culture and tourism, with particular emphasis on culture and recreation. He is also the cabinet's champion for heritage.

Councillor June Stokes was also appointed cabinet advisor for children’s services and education to support Councillor Smith and Councillor Holdich.

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