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Wednesday 3 July 2019

I am at the Local Government Association’s Annual Conference in Bournemouth until tomorrow when I travel back to Stockton-on-Tees.

On Friday I will be attending the Annual General Meeting of NEREO, the North East Regional Employers’ Organisation. NEREO sees each of the twelve North East local authorities come together as employers to work together on a wide variety of issues including HR, trade union liaison, how national government legislation and policy may affect council staff, pay and or workforce conditions. At the AGM a chair will be elected alongside vice-chairs.

In the afternoon I am joining Richard McGuckin, the Council’s Director of Economic Growth and Development on a site visit of the new Ingleby Barwick leisure centre. The facility on the All Saints Academy site, which will include swimming pools, a health and fitness suite, gym and library, is due to open in Summer 2020 and will be operated by Tees Active.

Over the weekend I am looking forward to spending time with my family.

Monday will start with my regular catch up with Richard McGuckin before a meeting with Richard Kilty.  World champion sprinter, Richard is leading a team of ambassadors, helping to spread the word about the Great North CityGames which is coming to Stockton-on-Tees in September. The 70-strong team are tasked with motivating as many people as possible to take part in the Simplyhealth Great Tees 10k, Junior and Mini runs. They are doing a great job so far and I’ll look forward to hearing more from Richard when I meet him.

Following this I will meet Ian Miles, Assistant Director (Xentrall Shared Services) to go over Xentrall’s Annual Report ahead of Cabinet Pre Agenda will takes place later in the afternoon. The last meeting of the day is a Local Enterprise Partnership Board briefing at Cavendish House.

On Tuesday I have a series of meetings including a catch up with one of the political group leaders. I will then be meeting with colleagues from unions which represent council employees before a catch up with Jamie McCann, the Council’s Director of Community Services.