New Mayor of Havering, council chief executive and cabinet announced

PUBLISHED: 15:45 19 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:45 19 May 2016

Mayor of Havering Philippa Crowder with deputy Linda van den Hende and their consorts

Mayor of Havering Philippa Crowder with deputy Linda van den Hende and their consorts


A packed council chamber welcomed the new Mayor of Havering into her new role on Wednesday evening.

The annual mayor making ceremony saw conservative Cllr Philippa Crowder appointed as mayor.

She has chosen her husband Cllr John Crowder as her consort and Cllr Linda Van den Hende of the East Havering Residents’ Group was announced as deputy mayor.

Cllr Crowder, who is the 53rd mayor of the borough, said her election was a “great honour.”

She said: “I am absolutely delighted. This is my first day back at work after two months off due to illness, so it’s a bit of a running jump back into it.

“Obviously last year, I served as deputy mayor so I feel like I’m familiar with the role.”

Speaking at Havering Town Hall, in Main Road, Romford, the new first citizen said she had selected the Havering Family Diabetes Group as her charity.

She said: “This group is very close to my heart as it has a personal connection with my family.

“This group does amazing work as a family support group and have been running since 1995.

“In my year of deputy, I have met many amazing charities and I haven’t been able to choose, so I thought I would wait until later in the year to make a decision.”

Many tributes were paid to Cllr Brian Eagling, who stepped down after serving two terms as mayor, in 2001-02 and this year.

At the meeting, Cllr Eagling said he was delighted to have “smashed” his charity target of £25,000.

Tributes were also led to departing chief executive Cheryl Coppell who is stepping down after nine years in the job.

Council leader Cllr Roger Ramsey said Mrs Coppell, who was the seventh council chief executive, made him believe seven was a lucky number.

He said: “During her time with us, Chery has gained respect of all members of the council and in the community at large.

“Throughout all the issue and crisis, she has been most valuable to us in good and not so good times.

“Her keen interest in the welfare of children and adults has seen her serve as an ambassador for the borough.”

She has been succeeded by Andrew Blake-Herbert, who had been the council’s acting chief executive for two days a week, since

Mrs Coppell began working part-time.

Following this, Cllr Roger Ramsey announced the details of the cabinet reshuffle, including his role as cabinet member for value.

- Deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for housing: Councillor Damian White

He will be assisted by deputy cabinet member Cllr Joshua Chapman, who holds responsibility for the housing zone.

- Cabinet member for culture and community engagement: Cllr Melvin Wallace

- Cabinet member for environment,regulatory services and community safety: Cllr Osman Dervish

He will be assisted by deputy cabinet member Cllr Jason Frost, who will take responsibility for the school parking scheme.

- Cabinet member for children and learning, including the apprenticeship programme: Cllr Robert Benham

- Cabinet member for adult social services and health: Cllr Wendy Brice-Thompson

- Cabinet member for housing company development and oneSource management: Cllr Ron Ower

- Cabinet member for financial management, transformation and IT client side: Cllr Clarence Barrett

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