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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

Wednesday 7 October 2015

Today I met with Steve Rose, Chief Executive of Catalyst – a voluntary development agency for Stockton’s charity sector, as we looked at the latest developments in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

I then travelled to Usher College at Durham University to meet with Sir Laurie Magnus, Chair of Historic England, and Duncan Wilson OBE, Chief Executive of Historic England. It was good to meet them and discuss the wonderful areas and structures of historic beauty that we have right across Stockton Borough.

This evening I will be visiting the new facility The Curve at Teesside University in Middlesbrough for a Tees Valley Unlimited Leadership board dinner hosted in honour of Sandy Anderson – who is stepping down as Chairman of the group after five years of strong leadership.

On Thursday there is a full meeting of the Council’s Cabinet where we shall be reviewing a range of items including school performance and our Children and Young People’s Plan for 2015-18.

On Friday I will be paying my respects at the funeral of a wonderful resident of Stockton – Mary Butterwick. Her charitable legacy will live on in the brilliant work that the Butterwick Hospice do for so many people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Over the weekend I am looking forward to spending time with my family. There is no Middlesbrough match due to the international break. It was disappointing to lose to Reading last weekend but I hope that the team can bounce back next week and put together another run of wins to keep the side competing at the top end of the table.

On Monday I will take the opportunity to catch up on some paperwork in the office.

On Tuesday I will be hosting my quarterly meeting with representatives from trade unions to review and discuss recent developments. It is always important to maintain these positive working relationships as we move forward.