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New chairman takes over ONE Haverhill board

Tuesday, 30th July 2013.

The board of ONE Haverhill, which brings together councils and agencies across all areas of provision in the town, will have a new leader in September.

Sarah Howard who takes over the chair from Cllr Anne Gower, is a director of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and represents the business community on the board. She was appointed chairman by a majority vote.

Cllr Gower, who has chaired the board for the last two years since its inception, will stand down from it altogether.

The town will have two new Suffolk County Council representatives on it, Cllr Rebecca Hopfensperger (cabinet member for localities) and Cllr Tony Brown, member for Haverhill East & Kedington.

Cllr Gower was appointed to chair the partnership during a two-year transition period where it could develop and ‘find its feet’’.

She said: "ONE Haverhill has received national recognition for its work on the Haverhill Community Budget and I aim to build on this success going forward.

"Haverhill is a great place to live and work and ONE Haverhill looks forward to continue to bring organisations in the town together to work in partnership to help the people of our town."

Under Cllr Gower’s chairmanship over the last two years ONE Haverhill has grown and partnerships have been strengthened, culminating last month in the launch of the Haverhill Community Budget Plan.

She said: “Sarah has been vice-chair of the partnership for the last two years and has ably led the core group in developing the Neighbourhood Community Budget pilot for Haverhill.

“I wish Sarah, and ONE Haverhill, every success going forward into its next phase. I would also like to take this final opportunity to say thank you to the members of the board who have supported me publicly and privately – it has been a joy to work with them and I sincerely wish them all the best for the future.”

Sarah pledged to revisit the controversial issue of whether ONE Haverhill should hold its meetings in public.

At present they are held behind closed doors because not all the members are elected representatives. An earlier move, supported by Cllr Gower as chairman, to open them up was defeated at the vote.

Currently just minutes of the board's meetings are available online.

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