Shake-up of Wychavon’s top team announced

A shake-up of the top team on Wychavon District Council has been announced.

Cllr Richard Morris is stepping down from his roles as Deputy Leader of Wychavon and Executive Board Member for Economic Growth and Tourism to take up a post in the decision-making cabinet at Worcestershire County Council.

Cllr Mark Ward, who represents Drakes Broughton, will take on responsibility for Economic Growth and Tourism with a particular focus on driving forward Wychavon's plans to transform the district's town centres.

Cllr Chris Day will take on the role of Deputy Leader while maintaining responsibility for housing, health and wellbeing.

Cllr Morris will still be involved with the council's economic and regeneration work as he will become Chairman of Wychavon's Towns Panel. Cllr Morris has been a district councillor since 2007 and an Executive Board Member since 2013 when he was appointed to the Community, Leisure and Culture portfolio before taking on responsibility for Economy and Housing two years later. He took on his current role and the deputy leadership in 2018.

During his time as portfolio holder, Cllr Morris has overseen a number of economic successes. They include the development of Worcester 6 Business Park, the development of Vale Park in Evesham, securing funds to increase the financial support on offer to businesses and more recently launching the town centre prospectuses for Droitwich Spa, Evesham and Pershore.

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: "I would like to thank Richard for his dedication and commitment to the council and his portfolio. His experience and passion were essential as we helped guide businesses through one of the biggest economic shocks in our history as a result of the pandemic.

"We wish him well in his new role but I know he will continue to be a champion for not only Droitwich Spa, but also our local economy and particularly our town centres."

Cllr Richard Morris said: "It is with great sadness I have left Wychavon's Executive Board and Deputy Leader role. I have enjoyed my time tremendously working under three great leaders and two terrific Chief Executives.

"I believe we have achieved good things for Wychavon and I have great memories and many people to thank past and present. It is time to take on new challenges but, and I know it sounds cheesy, my heart will be with Wychavon. I congratulate Chris and Mark and I wish the new board and our tremendous leader all the best for the future."

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