Oxfordshire Growth Board elects Michele Mead as new Chair
10 June, 2021

The Oxfordshire Growth Board has elected Councillor Michele Mead as its new Chair.

Cllr Mead, leader of West Oxfordshire District Council, will take up the position immediately, replacing Councillor Emily Smith, who is leader of Vale of White Horse District Council.

Councillor Barry Wood, leader of Cherwell District Council, replaces Cllr Mead as Vice-Chair of the Board.

Cllr Smith said: “It’s been a challenging year, but I am really pleased with how this board has worked together on Oxfordshire-wide agendas – such as the response to Covid-19, the potential threats and opportunities the [Oxford-Cambridge] Arc may bring, and advancing the climate agenda.

“It’s really exciting that our new Environment Subgroup will start to meet from next month and that work to support the establishment of a Local Nature Partnership is progressing at speed.

“I thank all members of this board – local authority and others – for their input and support over the past year and the officers who have supported me. I wish Cllr Mead all the best for her year ahead as Chair.”

The Chairmanship of the Board changes annually along with the host authority for the Board.

The host authority is now West Oxfordshire District Council, having previously been Vale of White Horse District Council.

You can see the full membership of the board here.

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