Working for Wareham

Wareham Town's new council

In May of this year, 2019, Wareham Town Council welcomed eight new members – half of the total Council!

Seven of the previous Councillors had not put themselves up for re-election and one, Eric Osmond MBE, sadly passed away in the run up to the election.

Politically, the Council is now divided into 8 Liberal Democrats, 3 Conservatives and 5 Independents. Each committee of the Council is made up of members from all the parties to ensure balance in all policy decisions.

New Mayor

In order to become Mayor of Wareham, Members have to serve for three years on the Council and they then have to be proposed and seconded by other Members.

Where there are several Members who qualify to be Mayor, the choice goes in alphabetical order. Councillor Hilary Goodinge was elected as Town Mayor for the Civic Year 2019 – 2020 and she is deputised by Councillor Lucia Kirk. Being Mayor involves chairing all Full Council meetings and representing Wareham Town at various events around the county. This may include Civic days of other Mayors or opening a new business in the town.

New Town Clerk

Wareham Town Council were delighted to appoint Mrs Vanessa Ricketts FSLCC, as their new Town Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer (RFO) commencing September 2019. Vanessa has over 25 years of local government experience and worked in the past as Democratic and Electoral Services Manager at Purbeck District Council. Most recently, Vanessa was Town Clerk and RFO for Ferndown Town Council. Being Wareham’s first fully qualified Clerk, holding the Certificate in Local Council Administration, and also having been awarded a Fellowship of the Society of Local Council Clerks, she brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the Town Council. Vanessa also sits on the SLCC’s Panel Board for Standards in Public Life and is currently involved in forming national policies on conduct in the sector, championing professionalism for elected Members.

Speaking on her new appointment, Vanessa said, “I am delighted to have been appointed to this historic position and proud to be working for such a beautiful town. Wareham is very special and I’m in awe of the amazing volunteers that the town engages, and I look forward to working closely with the Council’s partners.”

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