New Chairman receives the Chains of Office
Nottinghamshire County Council has elected Councillor Mrs Sue Saddington as its new Chairman for the coming year.
Councillor Saddington has been a county councillor since 2005, and a district councillor at Newark and Sherwood District Council since 1999.
She officially received the Chains of Office during today’s Full Council meeting, and succeeds outgoing Chairman Councillor John Handley.
Sue said that she was honoured to be invited to stand for the role of Vice-Chairman and now Chairman of the Council by the Council Leader Councillor Mrs Kay Cutts MBE.
Sue said: “I will embrace the position to represent Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottinghamshire residents and our wonderful county in the way that is expected of me.”
Sue grew up in North Muskham with her family who had lived in the village since the 1940s. After leaving boarding school she returned home for a year and joined the Young Conservatives, the local Operatic Society and the Young Farmers, before moving to Manchester to train as a home economist.
She travelled widely during the 1970s, spending several years in Canberra where she worked as a home economist. Later she lived and worked in Melbourne and Perth, San Diego in California, and spent two months in the Arctic Circle before returning to London. She has also visited Japan and Hong Kong.
She returned to live in North Muskham with husband Barry since 1984, when Sue set up a catering business called ‘Bon Appetit’. After 21 happy years, Sue closed the business when she became a County Councillor.
The couple have a daughter Caroline, a paediatric diabetes specialist nurse who works at the Queen’s Medical Centre, and a grandson, William.
During her year in office, Sue says that her family and friends will accompany her on some of her official duties.
It’s a busy first few days for Sue who will attend a school on Friday, visit the Nottinghamshire County Show on Saturday and attend the Cantamus Girls Choir on Saturday evening.
On Sunday she will visit the Great Nottinghamshire History Fair and in the afternoon attend The Girls’ and Boys’ Brigades Service.
On Sunday, June 24, at 3pm, the Nottinghamshire County Council Civic Service will be held at Southwell Minster. Sue would like anyone to join her who wishes to support her.
It will be a ‘toe tapping service’ which everyone will enjoy and remember long after they leave the Minster.
Sue’s chosen charity is Nottingham Children’s Hospital.
The hospital has just launched The Big Appeal to raise money to invest in state of the art imaging facilities for Nottingham’s young patients to give them the best chance of recovery from brain tumours. Money will go towards the appeal, but if a particular need for some equipment or other service is identified during the year, then the Chairman’s funds would be diverted to this specific cause.
Sue said: “Many people may have watched the series of programmes just recently which showed the excellent work that takes place at the Queen’s Medical Centre. I am very fortunate to have a healthy grandson but I know there are people who are not so fortunate.
“I hope we can all help to raise funds for this very worthy project. One cannot help but be touched by the devoted work of the staff and the worry and anguish of parents sitting by the side of sick children.”
To donate to the Chairman’s Charity this year, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 0115 9627905, or visit: www.nottinghamhospitalscharity.org.uk