Lichfield District Council leader Mike Wilcox
Lichfield District Council leader Mike Wilcox

The former leader of Lichfield District Council has urged his successor to ensure he surrounds himself with a good team.

Cllr Mike Wilcox

Cllr Mike Wilcox lost a leadership vote amongst Conservative councillors at Lichfield District Council after more than a decade at the helm.

Cllr Doug Pullen

He will be succeeded by Cllr Doug Pullen in the leader’s chair when the council meets for the first time on 21st May.

In an interview with Lichfield Live, Cllr Wilcox offered up some top tips for his successor.

“The best piece of advice I could give is to try and get a good work life balance,” he said. “It’s very easy to accept every invitation and get involved in everything.

“I could have been a better delegator of tasks because I took it all on my shoulders at times.

“It’s important that Doug has a good team of people around him – and where possible you have to try to keep a smile on your face and have a bit of humour.”

Cllr Iain Eadie has already been named as the new deputy leader, but a final decision is still to be made on whether members of the current Cabinet will continue in their roles.


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4 replies on “Former leader at Lichfield District Council says key for successor will be putting a good team in place”

  1. Jesus Wilcox is suddenly Mr Motormouth. He spent the last 5 years of his tenure locked away in secret, clandestine meetings offering little in the way of open communication and now he just won’t shut up.

    Cllr Wilcox you had your turn and made a complete mess of it, sit back and STF up, your advice on how to be a successful Leader is totally worthless.

  2. Nelly, what were these meetings you state he attended? Were you present? Where did they take place and do you have copies of the agenda and minutes? No I guess not. It’s good to know that he was earning his money by attending all these meetings to try to make a difference, rather than jumping on the band wagon and running off at the mouth.
    Ann, to have a dedicated member on your team is a positive thing. Time will tell how good his replacement is.

  3. It’s time this personal vendetta against Mike Wilcox is stopped by those who do not know him, never met him and quite frankly have no idea. Mike is a thoroughly decent caring family man who would wish no harm on a single person. It is all too easy to make shallow and derogrity comments from the comfort of an armchair and yes behind those supposedly closed doors.

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