PRIOR to the retirement of Colne Town Council’s CEO and Clerk, Colin Hill, in December, the Council has announced that its new CEO and Clerk is Leroy Philbrook.
Colne Town Council Chair, Paul Foxley praised Colin for helping to steer the council through a period of transition. He explained: “We now deal with numerous complex issues from events and facilities management to our emerging Neighbourhood Plan and our Budget. It was therefore vital that we factored in a sensible handover period. As the role of Town Clerk is a formal one, Leroy will become our CEO and Town Clerk at our next Full Council meeting on 16thOctober with the inestimable Colin moving to a supportive Outgoing CEO position until he retires just before Christmas. We thank Colin profoundly for all his hard work and look forward to an exciting future with Leroy at the helm”
Leroy was previously CEO of The Burnley Youth Theatre and was looking for a new challenge. He said: “I have managed buildings and a growing organisation and was previously Head of the UNITE Union within the Arts Council of England, so am well versed in Human Resources issues. However, there are many new elements to this role which I am looking forward to, such as dealing with the Public and getting to grips with the infrastructure the Town Council is responsible for. I am also really excited about taking a lead on the Blues Festival, which is not only one of the biggest events in Pendle, but of cultural significance in the UK and beyond.
“I’d like to thank Colin for being so generous with his time, introducing me to organisations like Pendle Borough Council and the Lancashire Association of Local Councils. I’ve already experienced a thorough handover and realise I have big shoes to step into! Colin has presided over the Council during a period of tremendous growth and our auditor told me that Colne is probably the best Town Council administration he has seen, which is some accolade. Over the next three months, I must become fully conversant with the detail of our Governance, Health and Safety and GDPR.”
Colin Hill said: “I have hugely enjoyed working with Members and our committed staff on the transformation of Colne Town Council. We have made tremendous progress, but many challenges lie ahead, so I wish the team lots of successes in taking their ambitious plans forward.”