A Lichfield councillor says COVID-19, Brexit and climate change will be among the major challenges he faces after becoming the new leader of Staffordshire County Council.

Cllr Alan White was confirmed in the role at a meeting of the council this morning (23rd July).

Cllr Alan White

He succeeds long term Conservative leader Cllr Philip Atkins as leader of the county council.

“Philip will be a tough act to follow and I thank him for all he has done for us as a council and for the county of Staffordshire.

“We face some challenges ahead, the like of which we have never seen in our lifetime – COVID-19, Brexit and climate change to name but three.

“I am sure that through our energy, innovation and passion, the county council will play a leading role in finding the solutions to the challenges ahead.

“Through the coronavirus pandemic we have seen our communities, businesses and partners unite to protect the most vulnerable and halt the spread of infection.

“We must ensure that the connections we have forged through the crisis continue as we lead the recovery and beyond. We must stay connected with the people we serve, to look after those who depend on us and work together to bring better prospects and prosperity for all.”

Cllr Alan White, Staffordshire County Council

Cllr White’s deputy will be Cllr Philip White, while a number of changes have also been made to the cabinet.

Health, care and wellbeing
(Cabinet support member for adult safeguarding)
Johnny McMahon
Gill Burnett
FinanceMike Sutherland
Highways and transportDavid Williams
Children and young peopleMark Sutton
EducationJonathan Price
Commercial mattersMark Deaville
Communities and cultureVictoria Wilson
Environment, infrastructure and climate changeJulia Jessel


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One reply on “Lichfield councillor highlights Brexit, coronavirus and climate change as key challenges he faces in new role as leader of Staffordshire County Council”

  1. Some years ago my parents who lived at Leomansley House told me that they had failed to save the old and original David Garrick theatre with all its scene changing facilities from the 18C.. Can you find details of what exactly was discarded and where it all ended up? It seems a travesty that it should have been allowed to happen..

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