25 May 2011>
Cllr Allan Pritchard has been elected as the new Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council.
Allan, who represents the Penmaen ward, was elected at a special meeting of council in Penallta House on Tuesday 24th May 2011. He takes over the reigns from the former leader, Cllr Lindsay Whittle, following his success at the Assembly elections earlier this month.
Allan said he is honoured to lead the council and is looking forward to embracing his new role, "Caerphilly County Borough Council is one of the top local authorities in Wales and I want to ensure that we can build on our past successes and rise to the challenges that are facing the public sector during these difficult times. My leadership style will take a leaf from the WRU coaching manual which cites key areas such as possession, going forward, support, continuity and ultimately – results!"
First elected as a councillor for Islwyn in 1979, Allan has in-depth experience of both the political world and local issues. He left the role as councillor due to work commitments in 1991, but following the formation of Caerphilly County Borough Council he decided to stand again in 1999 and successfully won his old seat in Penmaen.
"I am proud of this area, its people and it's heritage so I want to ensure that the council serves the local community as best we can. We will target our resources effectively to deliver quality frontline services that will benefit residents across the county borough."
"We have built an excellent track record over recent years thanks to Lindsay's leadership and I aim to continue this trend by working closely with senior manager and my fellow councillors to deliver results."
"Finally I'd like to wish Lindsay the best of luck in his new role and I know he will be a credit to the people of Wales as an Assembly Member," he added.
Some of Allan's major achievements over recent years as Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for HR, Constitutional and Legal Affairs include – implementing Single Status (the first council in Wales to achieve this milestone); securing Equal Pay (especially for lower paid female workers); Implementation of new CCBC Youth Training Initiative (100 places) and helping deliver significant savings across many key council areas.
Allan is a dedicated family man with his wife Pauline and their two daughters and three grandchildren. He enjoys relaxing at his local rugby club in Oakdale and was a well known player in his own right in the South Wales Valleys. Former captain of Tredegar, Blackwood, Oakdale and Monmouthshire county (Gwent).
When he has time, Allan enjoys world-wide travel, playing guitar, singing, writing poetry, songs and socialising.
- Return to News