Two top roles for Clitheroe council leader

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Ken Hind.
Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Ken Hind.
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The leader of Ribble Valley Borough Council has landed two top roles in Lancashire.

Ken Hind has been appointed vice-chairman of the Lancashire District Council Leaders’ Group and joined the board of the Lancashire Economic Partnership.

The Lancashire District Council Leaders Group meets every monthly to work on joint-projects and share common problems.

The Lancashire Economic Partnership comprises leaders from business, universities and local councils, who work together to drive economic growth and job creation in the county.

Coun. Hind, who represents Dilworth, said: “In order to preserve local services, it is crucial that we drive the economy to increase business rates, create jobs and become a sustainable borough.

“As such, we have restructured the council to create a new economic development and planning department, recruited a new director to run it and established the council’s first economic development committee.

“Over 20,000 people work in Ribble Valley, many of them in hospitality, tourism and manufacturing, and we want to attract more new businesses to the borough.

“Ribble Valley wants to punch above its weight and these changes will help us do just that.”

Before joining Ribble Valley Borough Council in 2007, Ken Hind was a barrister with chambers in London and Liverpool, MP for West Lancashire, parliamentary private secretary to Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Brooke and secretary of the Government’s backbench legal committee.