Senior councillor Andrew Moulding elected as Chairman
A senior councillor with a wealth of experience in local government has been elected as the new Chairman for East Devon District Council for the next year.
Councillor Andrew Moulding, who represents Axminster Town ward, has served in local government for more than thirty years with the district and Axminster town councils. He has also represented Axminster – the town where he was born – as a Devon County councillor for eight years and was its Chairman for a year before standing down earlier this month.
Cllr Moulding was elected at East Devon District Council’s annual meeting (Wednesday May 17) and he told fellow councillors:
This is a very, very proud moment for me. I have been a district councillor for thirty years and this is the council I love.
He paid tribute to retiring chairman Cllr Stuart Hughes and said:
He has chaired the council with great dignity and fairness over the last two years and he has done a splendid job.
Cllr Paul Diviani was elected as the council’s Leader and Cllr Phil Twiss takes over from Cllr Moulding as the Deputy Leader of the council. Cllr Twiss was also appointed as the cabinet member for Strategic Development and Partnerships.
The following councillors have been appointed to the Cabinet:
Cabinet member without Portfolio: Cllr Eileen Wragg
Cabinet member without Portfolio: Cllr Geoff Pook.
Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of East Devon District Council’s committees are:
Employment Appeals: Cllr Phil Twiss (Chair)
Axminster – Cllr Ian Hall
Culture – Cllr John O’Leary
Exmouth – Cllr John Humphreys
Employment and business – Cllr Mike Allen
Health and wellbeing – Cllr Cherry Nicholas
Member development and engagement – Cllr Maddy Chapman
Neighbourhood planning – Cllr Mark Williamson
Planning, design and heritage: – Cllr Alan Dent
Procurement – Cllr Graham Godbeer
Rural – Cllr Paul Carter
Sport and recreation – Cllr Darryl Nicholas
Tourism- Cllr Jenny Brown
Youth – Cllr Mark Evans-Martin.