Liberal Democrat Mayor Peter Taylor has made the following appointments to complete his Cabinet for the year 2021/22:
- Cllr Aga Dychton – Deputy Mayor and Community Portfolio
- Cllr Ian Stotesbury – Transport and Sustainability Portfolio
- Cllr Jennifer Pattinson – Wellbeing Portfolio
They join sitting Cabinet members:
- Mark Watkin – Resources and Customer Services Portfolio
- Tim Williams – Neighbourhood Services Portfolio
- Stephen Johnson – Planning, Property and Housing Portfolio
Former councillors Iain Sharpe and Karen Collett stood down in the recent local elections having served as members of the cabinet.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said “I would like to say a huge thank you to Iain and Karen for all the hard work they put in whilst members of my Cabinet and as part of Watford Borough Council. They did so much, over many years, to serve local residents and the town.
“I am really looking forward to having Jenny, Ian and Aga join the Cabinet team. They have all worked tirelessly for their local areas since becoming councillors and I know they are up to this new challenge. Our primary focus over the next 12 months is helping the town recover from the effects of the pandemic and we have lots of exciting things planned across Watford that our new Cabinet will be able to get stuck into. The new cabinet will be working hard to improve local transport, making our town greener and focussing on the wellbeing of every local resident.”
Aga Dychton, Councillor for Central Ward, said “I am honoured by the position I have received. The charity sector and voluntary services are very close to my heart.
“I will be focusing on charities, voluntary services and heritage and working hard to keep making Watford one of the best places to live, where everyone finds something to do and be happy.”
Ian Stotesbury, Councillor for Callowland Ward, said “Watford is already taking bold action to ensure our town becomes more sustainable and I look forward to pushing forward that work and building on it to ensure our council leads by example in making Watford greener, healthier and more sustainable.”
Jennifer Pattinson, Councillor for Meriden Ward, said “For many of us the pandemic has impacted on our mental health and wellbeing. My focus is to ensure our wonderful town has effective and high quality services to support us emotionally and physically as we all recover.”