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28 April 2022

Andy Connell appointed as new County Council Chairman

A new Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Cumbria County Council have been appointed at this year’s Annual General Meeting.

Councillor Andy Connell, Liberal Democrat member for Appleby, is the new Chairman and Councillor Bill McEwan, Labour member for Ormsgill, is the new Vice-Chairman.

The meeting took place today (Thursday 28 April) at County Offices in Kendal.

Councillor Connell has served on the Council since 2017 and was Vice-Chairman for the past year.

He currently sits on the Local Committee for Eden; Staffing Committee; Holehird Trust Joint Committee; and Scrutiny Advisory Board - Adults. He is also the Council’s ‘Autism Champion’ for Eden.

Councillor Andy Connell, Chairman of Cumbria County Council, speaking on his appointment, said:

"I am both proud and delighted to hold the honorary role of Chairman and look forward to representing Cumbria and its communities in the year ahead.

“2022-23 will be the final year for Cumbria County Council as a local authority; my aspiration as Chair is to ensure that the Council steps into history with dignity and pride in its achievements. I am confident that our dedicated team of councillors and professional officers share the objective of promoting Cumbrian communities and preparing them for the future.

“My chosen charity this year is The Oaklea Trust, which does a wonderful job across our county helping people with learning and physical disabilities discover their potential and lead fulfilling, independent lives.”


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A new Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Cumbria County Council have been appointed at this year’s Annual General Meeting.