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One of the youngest ever female chairs appointed at Stratford District Council

Stratford Editorial 24th May, 2023   0

A NEW Cabinet has been appointed at Stratford District Council – including one of the youngest ever female chairs.

Coun Victoria Alcock will be handed the Chair’s chain of office at SDC’s Annual Council Meeting today (Wednesday).

The 44-year-old has chosen the Sea Cadets and Youth Collective as her charities and she will also be looking to help support local community groups across the district with the running costs of defibrillators.

Her husband Gary Alcock will be her Consort during her term of office and Dr Rev Roy Lodge MBE will be her Chaplin.




She takes over the role from Coun Mark Cargill.

During his term of office, Coun Cargill chose the work of Dementia support organisations within the district and the RNLI – following on from his time as an officer in the Merchant Navy – as his Chairman’s charities and raised a total of £4,888 to be split between the two.


Coun Alcock said: “Becoming chair of the district council is a huge honour. Not just because it’s been seven years since we had a female chair, but also because at 44 I believe I am the youngest female Chair in the history.”

Coun Susan Juned has been appointed SDC Leader.

She said: “I am delighted that I am able to announce a strong team to lead the district council. We have some key priorities, as set out in our Manifesto, and we look forward to starting on this agenda.”

Coun Nigel Rock has been appointed Deputy Leader, while Coun Jenny Fradgley takes over as Deputy Chair.

Coun Juned is also portfolio holder for Strategic Leadership and Climate Change.

Coun Rock holds the Place Portfolio.

Coun Natalie Gist is the new portfolio holder for Legal and Community Safety.

Coun Lorraine Grocott is portfolio holder for Legal and Community Safety.

Coun George Cowcher takes on the portfolio for Planning and Economic Development.

The Resources Portfolio has gone to Coun David Curtis and Coun Liz Coles is the new portfolio holder for Homes, Health and Wellbeing.

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