Malvern Hills District Council appoints member champions to engage with the community
Malvern Hills District Council has appointed new member champions to promote and support various interests of the community.The roles will focus on four themes including Heritage, Rural, Young People and the Armed Forces.
Acting as a positive focus for the local community, they will make contact with local organisations, familiarise themselves with the needs of the relevant section of the community, act as advocates on their behalf and feedback the decisions of the council.
The appointed member champions are:
- Young Person's Champion- Cllr Caroline Palethorpe.
- Rural Champion- Cllr Barbara Williams.
- Armed Forces Champion- Cllr Martin Allen.
- Heritage Champion- Cllr Tony Penn.
Cllr Sarah Rouse, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, said: "The member champion roles are a positive way for Malvern Hills District Council to learn of the issues and needs of various sections of our communities. Our champions will be able to enhance the councils understanding of needs and to promote communication leading to positive change. The councillors have been chosen for their enthusiasm and knowledge in the areas they will represent."
The member champions will not receive a budget or special responsibility allowance and they will not have any decision making capabilities.
The roles will be in place until May 2023, with a review carried out in 2021. Champions will also publish an annual report of work undertaken each year for consideration by the council.