Wilson completes NALC top team

Councillor Kevin Wilson is the new chairman of the Larger Councils' Committee of NALC.

The leader of Woughton Community Council in Milton Keynes was elected at a meeting of NALC's special interest group (26th January) which represents the interests of larger sized parish and town councils.

Councillor Wilson takes over the role from NALC stalwart Ken Cleary MBE, a parish councillor in Merseyside who  is also a former chairman of the national parishes body.

The experienced councillor has served communities in Milton Keynes for the last three decades as both a city councillor for Woughton and Fishermead and parish councillor in Woughton, he was also the leader of the city council for two periods in the 1990's and is a former IDeA Lead Peer and chair of the LGA Urban Commission. 

The appointment is the latest in a string of changes to the line-up of NALC's leadership team following the election of two new vice chairmen and a policy committee chair in December.

Councillor Kevin Wilson, chairman of the Larger Councils' Committee said: "It is a real honour to be elected to lead the Larger Councils' Committee, following in the footsteps of Ken Cleary who has been a strong, effective advocate for larger councils for so long and I am delighted Ken will continue to be involved in the Committee.

"The time has truly come for parish and town councils to step up to the plate, using our closeness to local people to improve lives and places. I am clear that the future delivery of local services is in our hands and I will play my part to ensure we make the most of the opportunity that devolution provides.

"The huge significance and role of NALC in representing local councils and driving the growth and improvement agenda is more important than ever and it's such an exciting time to be involved in our sector at national level."

Councillor Ken Browse, chairman of NALC said: "I'd like to be among the first to congratulate Kevin and welcome him to the team. Kevin brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role and to NALC, as well as first-rate knowledge of the issues facing our larger parish and town councils. 

"I also want to pay my own tribute to the outgoing chairman Cllr Ken Cleary who has been a real champion for larger councils and who has overseen a number of important changes and improvements to NALC's work for this increasingly important part of our sector".

The meeting also saw a number of priorities agreed for the year ahead including devolution, expanding membership and continuation of NALC's new network for some of its largest town councils."

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