18/05/17: New Breckland Council Chairman announced

18 May 2017

Vice Chairman Richard Duffield, Chairman Kate Millbank, and outgoing Chairman Bill Borrett Cllr Kate Millbank has been elected as the new Chairman of Breckland Council. At Breckland Council's Annual Meeting this morning (18 May), Cllr Millbank was presented with the chain of office by outgoing Chairman Bill Borrett.

Elected to Breckland Council in 2007, Cllr Millbank represents the Dereham Toftwood ward and has previously chaired the council's General Purposes Committee and served on the Licensing Committee. She also served as Mayor of Dereham in 2013.

Cllr Millbank said it was a real privilege to represent Breckland and that she hoped to do her job 'with both dignity and a bit of glamour', but she recognised the duties of the role were varied.

"The chairman's duties often involve opportunities to do things that few get a chance to, so I am looking forward to going to lots of interesting places and meeting a range of people across the district," she said.

"I am slightly apprehensive of chairing the full Council meetings, as some of them are very complex, but I know I will have the support of officers and my fellow councillors."

Cllr Millbank has decided to use her time in office to support Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis, after the disease claimed the life of a friend. "Pulmonary Idiopathic Fibrosis is a slow, painful and frightening disease and I hope with enough funding some form of treatment and possibly even a cure can be found," she commented.

At the Council meeting, outgoing Chairman Bill Borrett presented a cheque for £3,460.93 to Kevin Pellatt from SSAFA (Armed Forces charity - Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Families), which was Cllr Borrett's chosen charity during his chairmanship. The charity has been in existence for 130 years and provides specialist services as well as practical, emotional and financial support to the Armed Forces (both Regular and Reserves), veterans and their families for as long as they need it.

Cllr Borrett said: "It has been a privilege to represent Breckland and meet so many of its remarkable residents. I am delighted that we have managed to raise so much towards this deserving charity that supports military personnel and their families in their time of need."

Cllr Richard Duffield, who represents the Lincoln ward, was today appointed as Vice Chairman.