Councillor Richard Brooks has been elected the new leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council.

Cllr Brooks was voted in at the Full Council meeting of 27 February, 2019.

He succeeds Cllr Moira Gibson, who announced in January that she was stepping down after 21 years in the role.

Cllr Brooks has been SHBC Deputy Leader since 2009/10, and Assets Portfolio Holder since 2018.

He was first elected in 2003 to Town Ward, and has served as a Town ward councillor continuously since then. He was elected to the Council Executive in 2008, as Corporate Portfolio Holder, and became Finance Portfolio Holder in 2009.

Cllr Brooks has also served as the Councillor representative on Collectively Camberley – the company who manage the Business Improvement District in the town.

Cllr Brooks said: “I am extremely proud to have been asked by my fellow councillors to continue the good work for Surrey Heath Borough Council, as previously delivered by Cllr Gibson.”

Chief Executive of SHBC Karen Whelan said: “I’ve worked closely with Cllr Brooks during the past decade while he’s been Deputy Leader, and on behalf of all SHBC staff I wish Richard the very best in his new role.”

Cllr Brooks also announced the new structure of the Council Executive at the meeting. The Portfolio Holders are as follows:

Finance: Cllr Charlotte Morley
Places & Strategy: Cllr Craig Fennell
Environment & Health: Cllr Vivienne Chapman
Planning & People: Cllr Adrian Page
Customer Experience & Digital: Cllr Paul Deach
Support & Safeguarding: Cllr Josephine Hawkins

Cllr Charlotte Morley was announced as the new Deputy Leader of SHBC.

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