29th May, 2017

Chris O'Donnell elected as new Malvern Hills District Council chairman

Craig Gibbons 17th May, 2017

MALVERN Hills District Council has elected councillor Chris O’Donnell as the authority’s new chairman.

Outgoing chairman Coun John Raine handed over the reins to Coun O’Donnell at yesterday’s (Tuesday) annual meeting.

During his time as leader, Coun Raine has raised more than £14,000 for charities Positive Thoughts, Jigsaw and Link Nurseries

Coun O’Donnell has carried out the role of vice-chairman over the past year but will now devote the next 12 months to her new duties.

Her chosen charities for her term as chairman are St Richard’s Hospice and What Makes You Different Makes You Beautiful

“I’m absolutely delighted to be voted chairman of Malvern Hills District Council by my fellow councillors,” she said.

“I will aim to work hard to justify the confidence they have shown in me.

“My job is to ensure that the business of the council is conducted in a positive and business-like manner.”

Coun Raine said it was a pleasure to have been chair of the district council over the last year and enjoyed the diverse range of events and activities he had participated in.

He added: “I am very grateful to all my council colleagues for electing me to the role and to all the council’s staff who have given me such terrific support – remembering especially, the chairman’s PA, Nicky Stevens, who is currently receiving treatment for a cancer – and to whom we all send very best wishes for a speedy recovery to full health.”

During the meeting Coun Andrea Morgan was elected as vice-chairman.