Councillors take up leadership roles

August 27 2020

TWO local South Gloucestershire councillors have been promoted.

Councillors Ben Stokes and Sam Bromiley

Councillors Ben Stokes and Sam Bromiley

Ben Stokes, Boyd Valley councillor has become deputy leader, while Sam Bromiley joins the cabinet as member for children and young people.

The changes follow the departure of deputy leader and Downend councillor Jon Hunt, who is taking up a job in the public sector after a successful 14-month battle with cancer.

Councillor Hunt, a member of South Gloucestershire Council since 2011, will continue in his role of cabinet member for adult social care and public health. A former Army captain, he has extensive experience of charity and community work, having been a public servant for more than 20 years, and also chairing a community social enterprise and serving as a trustee for a learning difficulties charity in Bath.

Councillor Bromiley, who was first elected in 2015 and represents the Parkwall and Warmley ward, works for a charity. He previously launched a successful local youth support group in Cadbury Heath and coordinated summer activity sessions for children in Parkwall.

The pair said in a statement: “We are delighted to be taking on these roles that will enable us to have a truly positive impact for people across South Gloucestershire, including some of our most vulnerable. As with the rest of the country, South Gloucestershire currently faces significant challenges and we
are prepared to do what we can with this added responsibility to help.”

Council leader Toby Savage said: “I am very much looking forward to working with Ben and Sam in this new capacity and am keen to see them bring a new energy to the cabinet. They have demonstrated time and time again their commitment to making South Gloucestershire a great place to live and work.”