The new Chairman of Kent County Council has been passed the chain of office at the annual County Council meeting today (Thursday).
Ann Allen, who takes over from Graham Gibbens, will already be familiar with all that the role entails as she was previously Chairman for 2019-20.
Mr Gibbens took over from Mrs Allen as Chairman last year at the height of the Coronavirus pandemic during the first virtual meeting of the full council.
Today he handed the chain back at the first ‘in person’ KCC meeting since 2020 at Maidstone’s Mote Park Leisure Centre.
A retired catering officer for the Dartford Hospitals and a former foster carer, Mrs Allen was named “Woman of the Year” for her services to the community in 1994 and 20 years later she was made an MBE for her services to the community in Dartford and Wilmington.
She was first elected to the county council in 1997, and has been a member of Wilmington Parish Council since 1983 and Dartford Borough Council since 1987.
Mrs Allen has not yet specified who will benefit from her charity fundraising over the next 12 months, but said it would generally be aimed at young people and she hoped the find a way of encouraging them to help each other.
The Vice-Chairman will be Lesley Game, first elected to KCC in 2017 for Cliftonville.