Former hospital boss becomes new council chairman

As a former assistant chief executive of the John Radcliffe Hospital, Cllr Rosie Herring will be a champion for the health services after being elected to be the chairman of SNC.

Published: Friday, 17th May 2019

Cllr Herring has been the SNC member for the Danvers and Wardoun ward near Brackley since 2003 and served as the cabinet member for Communities and Wellbeing between 2009 and 2016.

During SNC’s annual full Council meeting on Wednesday, 15 May she was elected as chairman and Cllr Anthony Bagot-Webb was elected as vice-chairman.

Cllr Herring said: “The last 16 years have literally flown by. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on behalf of my constituents and with fellow councillors and officers, many of whom I now regard as friends.

“It is a great honour to be selected as chairman of the council and I’m looking forward to a busy and interesting year representing our amazing and beautiful district.”

Cllr Herring was born in Stockport in 1954 to mother Ruth and father George Haigh. Until his recent death at the age of 103, Mr Haigh was reputed as one of the oldest living professional footballers.

After meeting her husband at school, they moved to Oxford where Cllr Herring was accepted on to a management training programme with the Oxford Regional Health Authority and went on to continue her studies at Oxford Brookes University.

With the birth of her first child Cllr Herring took up a role at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford.

She is also currently serving as a governor for both the Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust and the Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.

In addition to leading full council meetings and representing the council locally, and the district further afield, during her year as chairman Cllr Herring will be raising money for the Brackley Community Hospital.

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The annual meeting also saw a change to the SNC cabinet following the resignation of Cllr Roger Clarke. Cllr Phil Bignell takes over as cabinet member for Planning and Environment.

The SNC cabinet now comprises:

  • Ian McCord - Leader
  • Phil Bignell - Deputy Leader & Portfolio Holder for Planning
  • Dermot Bambridge – Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services
  • Rebecca Breese – Portfolio Holder for Local Government Reform
  • Stephen Clarke – Portfolio Holder for Growth and Regeneration
  • Karen Cooper – Portfolio Holder for Wellbeing
  • Andrew Grant – Portfolio Holder for Customer Services & IT
  • Peter Rawlinson – Portfolio Holder for Finance, Performance and Governance