Wednesday 16 October
As the Borough’s Armed Forces Champion I will attend the North East Armed Forces Veterans’ Network Forum in Durham tomorrow. The theme of the Forum is ‘Veterans and the Criminal Justice System’. There will be a range of speakers from academic specialists in the field to representatives from charities which support veterans across the board as well as those who have expertise in supporting veterans who have been arrested and entered police custody. I’m sure it will be an interesting and thought provoking session.
After the forum I will head straight back to Stockton to attend local organisation, Thrive’s, event to mark the United Nation’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The Council works hard to provide services which help support people living in poverty and puts protecting those most in need at the heart of what we do. I will be pleased to join others to help raise awareness of this issue.
I’ll meet Margaret Waggott, Head of Democratic Services, for our regular catch up before Cabinet. Cabinet will be a busy one as there is a full agenda. Items to be considered range from school performance across the Borough, to a report on greenhouse gas emissions as well as the annual audit letter from our external auditors, Mazars.
On Friday morning I will meet Ian Miles, Assistant Director of Xentrall Shared Services for our quarterly catch up.
Later in the day I am going along to Youth Question Time on Friday night at Thornaby Academy. I’m looking forward to the session which will see young people from schools across the Borough join members of the Bright Minds Big Future Committee. Councillor Lisa Evans, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People will be joining me on the panel to answer questions about local and national issues.
First thing on Monday morning I am making a visit to Lanark Close which provides short breaks for adults with learning disability. It will be lovely to meet some of the people who come to Lanark Close as well as some of the centre’s caring staff who do such a fantastic job.
On Tuesday I’ll be joining representatives from all the North East local authorities at a North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) meeting.
Later that day I’ll be attending the official opening of Nigel Wright Recruitment’s new offices at Wynyard Park House. It will be a great networking opportunity to meet with senior business people and leaders from across the Tees Valley and North East.