North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) appointed Councillor Virge Richichi as the new Chairman at its annual meeting on Tuesday 16 May 2017.
Councillor Richichi, who has been a member of NWLDC since 2008, is the ward councillor for Sence Valley. As well as presiding over meetings of the Full Council, the new Chairman will represent the council at a variety of events across the district and will raise money for his chosen charities Air Ambulance, LOROS and local Salvation Army.
After taking the chains of office, Councillor Richichi chaired his first Full Council meeting, telling fellow councillors and members of the public in attendance: “I am very honoured and humbled that you’ve chosen me to be your Chairman. When I first came to Great Britain from Italy as a child, I learned to read English and I remember vividly the first sentence I managed to read without my teacher’s help. It was a signpost – it said ‘No parking or ball games by order of JER Wilkinson, Chairman of the Ashby RDC’. I thought that he must be a very important man. I never thought for one moment that I would be sitting here in this chair.
“I hope as Chairman I can help members on this council to take part in honourable debate.”
Councillor John Clarke, who was elected to the council in 2015 and represents Ibstock West, was appointed as the Deputy Chairman.
Outgoing Chairman, Councillor John Cotterill, passed on the chains of office during the full council meeting, saying: “My wife and I have attended in excess of 101 events in the last year while I have been Chairman and I would also like to thank my wife for her assistance during my year as Chairman – she has been a massive support. I have learned that we are very blessed to live in North West Leicestershire because there are a lot of good people out there; people who give up their valuable time for the benefit of the community just because they are good people.”
During his time as Chairman, Councillor Cotterill raised £3,616.67 for his chosen charities, LOROS and the Air Ambulance. The money will be split equally between the two charities.
The meeting also saw Councillor Sean Sheahan receive a long service award, marking 21 years as an elected member on the council.
Members of committees and groups and representatives of community bodies were also agreed at the meeting. See the minutes of the Full Council meeting.