Councillor John Fox elected Mayor of Peterborough

Councillor John Fox was elected as the city's first citizen at the annual meeting of Peterborough City Council tonight (Monday 22 May 2017).

His wife councillor Judy Fox will be Mayoress. Councillor Chris Ash was named Deputy Mayor and his friend Doreen Roberts will be Deputy Mayoress.

The Mayor's Chaplain will be The Reverend George Rogers, Vicar of St John's Church, Werrington.

During his year of office, councillor Fox will raise money for Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust, Sea Cadets and Shopmobility.

Councillor Fox has been a serving councillor in Peterborough since 2002. A father of four daughters, he has sat on a number of working groups and scrutiny committees.

Councillor Fox is also Peterborough’s armed forces champion, having served as a radio operator in the Royal Navy for 11 years, joining the service at the age of 15. This was followed by a career in the police force, first serving as a uniformed officer with Cambridgeshire Constabulary for 23 years and then a community police officer in Eye and Walton.

His last role before retirement in 2016 was coordinator of the Peterborough charity, Shopmobility.

At the meeting at Peterborough Town Hall, it was also confirmed that councillor John Holdich will continue as leader of the council and will take a lead role in the new Combined Authority as Deputy Mayor to recently-elected Mayor James Palmer. Councillor Holdich will also chair the Combined Authority's delivery board.

Councillor Holdich has transferred the cabinet member portfolio for education, skills and university to councillor Lynne Ayres. Councillor Ayres has been leading a review of education in the city to ensure schools have the support they need to raise attainment, and will continue to work closely with councillor Holdich.

A number of cabinet positions remain unchanged.

Councillor Wayne Fitzgerald will remain as deputy leader and cabinet member for integrated adult social care and health.

Councillor Peter Hiller retains his portfolio for growth, planning, housing and economic development. He will work with cross-party members to help inform a commercially viable scheme for the North Westgate development. He also takes on responsibility for homelessness and the city's environmental aspirations.

Councillor Gavin Elsey retains the leadership for waste and street scene, including managing the transfer of services from Amey to a new joint venture.

Councillor Diane Lamb remains as the lead for the public health agenda with the aim of improving the health of our residents and Councillor Irene Walsh remains in charge of communities, overseeing the new prevention and enforcement service.

Councillor David Seaton will continue to manage the resources portfolio. One of his key areas of focus will be the Digital Front Door project which looks to make sure residents can find the information they need easily and when they need it on the city council's website.

Councillor Sam Smith will continue to lead the children’s services portfolio. Councillor June Stokes remains cabinet advisor for children’s safeguarding and education.

Councillor Steve Allen will join the cabinet as an advisor to the leader of the council, particularly in the areas of city centre management, culture and leisure services, and communications.

Both councillor Janet Goodwin and councillor Graham Casey have left their cabinet roles and were praised for their hard work in their respective areas.

At tonight's meeting outgoing Mayor councillor David Sanders also announced that he was resigning as a councillor with immediate effect. This therefore leaves a vacancy in the Eye, Thorney and Newborough ward.

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