Cllr Hilary Coyle has been appointed as the Leader of South Derbyshire District Council.
The Aston ward councillor takes over from Cllr Bob Wheeler who had been Leader for may years before and she officially took up her role at a meeting of the Full Council on 18th January 2018.
Commenting on the news, Cllr Coyle said:
“I am delighted to have been named as Leader of South Derbyshire District Council.
Cllr Wheeler has run a very smooth ship and we have a strong foundation in place to build from. The experience and knowledge he has passed on to me has been extremely insightful.
Residents are at the heart of what we do and we will do everything we can to further improve services for the people of South Derbyshire.”
Cllr Wheeler added:
"Over the last seven years, despite challenging times, the Council has continued deliver more with less, with new projects such as Melbourne Sports Park and Midway Community Centre coming to fruition.
We have continued to punch above our weight in Derbyshire and beyond and we can look to the future with confidence.
It is my privilege to hand over the reins to Hilary. She stepped into being a parish councillor 17 years ago and has made a massive impact since joining the Council. Her energy and intelligence are infectious and she will bring a fresh approach and impetus to the role.”