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Published on 31 July 2020

New chairman elected

This week’s annual council meeting saw Cllr John Petherick elected to succeed Cllr Richard Keeling as Chair.

Cllr Petherick said: “To be elected chairman of Teignbridge District Council is a significant event in my life and I will do my utmost to warrant your trust, your confidence and your support."

Cllr Petherick acknowledged the significant financial and service delivery challenges which lay ahead. He said: “I hope that we, together with our officers, will take a consolidated approach to resolving the difficult decisions that will doubtless lie ahead."

Born and bred in Dawlish, Cllr Petherick spent 23 years in the Royal Air Force and saw service in Northern Ireland, the Falkland Islands and the Gulf before joining Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council before moving to become Stadium Manager for Leicester City Football Club in 1997. He returned to Devon in 2003 to work as Estates and Support Services Manager at Exeter Hospice until he retired in 2011.

He was elected as both town and district councillor during 2011 and served twice as Mayor of Dawlish. In 2015 he had 'truly a once in a lifetime experience' of being part of a group organised by local MP Ann Marie Morris to visit the House of Commons and No 10 Downing Street where he met Larry the cat!

Cllr Petherick’s chaplain will be Dr Mark Jones, the Church Leader of the Dawlish Christian Fellowship Church and his chosen charity is East Teignbridge Community Transport Association which provides specialist and supportive transportation for vulnerable people with mobility issues.

Cllr Keeling thanked councillors and officers for their support as well as his consort Cllr Linda Petherick and Chaplin Martin Fletcher. He praised staff who had kept vital services going during the pandemic, 'especially our frontline refuse collectors'.