New Chair sworn in as Annual Meeting returns to County Hall after two year hiatus
“I am humbled to hold the position of Chair and to be part of the momentous Platinum Jubilee. Over the past two years, our communities have fought back against every challenge, battling loneliness and isolation, dropping off shopping to vulnerable neighbours, volunteering at vaccine centres, and now opening their homes to our new Ukrainian neighbours.
“I want to thank all the teachers, health professionals, emergency services, armed forces, all volunteers, local authorities and all of the residents of our fine county who have dug so deep for so long and have done Devon proud.
“I aim to use my position to focus on the importance of mental health. It’s been difficult for many, none more so than young people, but I have been heartened to see that over the last decade the conversation around mental health has continued to increase in prominence.
“But there is still an incredible amount to do – never has there been a time when this issue has been so important, and we must all ensure that we look out and support one another and help our communities to heal. Over the next year equality, diversity and inclusivity will also be at the forefront of my mind. ”