Councillor Mary Green has been named as new leader of South Ribble Borough Council.
The South Ribble Conservative Group Leader was voted into the top job at the Council’s Annual Business Meeting.
Following the vote by Full Council, she said: “I am incredibly honoured to be the new leader of South Ribble Borough Council.
“Having lived in the borough my whole life, I am absolutely determined to make our residents proud – ensuring the council delivers the very best services we can in the most cost-effective way possible.
“My priority as leader is to help shape a borough that provides real opportunity for our residents – now and for future generations.”
A passionate charity worker, Councillor Green, who represents the Moss Side ward, has been a member of the council for 11 years – having been first elected in 2007.
The retired Civil Servant, who was Mayor of South Ribble in 2015/16, added: “The council is on a significant transformational journey and we have strong foundations in place to really move forward at pace.
“The authority is lucky to have a dedicated team of officers who work incredibly hard to serve the people of South Ribble and provide excellent services every single day.
“I want to really push forward with our vision of being a council that is recognised for being innovative, forward-thinking and financially self-sufficient, while putting people at the heart of everything we do.”
Tonight’s vote came after former leader, Councillor Peter Mullineaux announced his resignation last month.
Councillor Green said: “I would like to thank Councillor Mullineaux and his team for their hard work in serving the residents of South Ribble.
“We have an exciting future ahead with the once-in-a-lifetime Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal in full flow and I wish to lead a borough that will experience economic growth and an improved quality of life for all our residents.
“I will embrace my role as leader and work tirelessly for the good of the borough.”
Councillor Caroline Moon has been named the new Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure and Wellbeing.
The following members will complete the council’s Cabinet*:
Councillor Warren Bennett - Cabinet Member (Assets and Transformation)
Councillor Michael Green - Cabinet Member (Corporate Support and Community Engagement)
Councillor Susan Snape - Cabinet Member (Finance)
Councillor Cliff Hughes - Cabinet Member (Strategic Planning, Housing and Economic Growth)
*The Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety is to be confirmed.