Adur District Council’s first independent Chairman for 15 years has vowed to raise the profile of the role while raising money for life-saving equipment in the community.
Councillor Joss Loader, who represents Marine ward on behalf of the Shoreham Beach Residents’ Association (SBRA), was officially confirmed in the role at local authority’s annual meeting last week (Thursday 18th May 2018)
As first citizen of the District, Cllr Loader will represent the Council at community and civic events for the next year.
The former journalist has pledged to use the term in office to raise the profile of the area, which she praised for its “fantastic community spirit”.
She said: “I would like to raise the post’s profile and to demonstrate to our great local residents, organisations and charities that they are fully supported by Adur District Council in the work they do. There is some uncertainty about the role of a Chairman – as people identify more readily with the office of a Mayor. I will work to raise greater awareness and engagement.”
Traditionally, the Adur Chairman has raised money for charities in the area during their 12 months in office. But Cllr Loader said she wants to use her term to launch a Community Defibrillator Appeal to provide life-saving, publicly accessible machines across the towns and villages of Adur. She said:
“We have already done this with great success on Shoreham Beach and SBRA installed two defibrillators last month after a fund-raising drive. It’s early days, but I plan to work with local community groups to try to ensure that all areas have 24/7 access to these great machines.”
“I am doing this in memory of my late father, Brian Hollebone, who died very suddenly from a catastrophic heart attack more than 30 years ago, when defibrillators were not not available. If just one resident’s life can be saved, I shall consider it a job very well done.”
Cllr Loader replaces Councillor Peter Metcalfe, who served in the role for the second time in five years.
The new Vice Chairman is Councillor George Barton, who lives in Sompting and represents Peverel ward.
To read a Q&A with Cllr Loader, visit: https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/news/pr18-088.html