Leading the Wright way

Councillor Richard Wright has been elected as the new leader of NKDC.

A statement from North Kesteven District Council said - 

North Kesteven District Council has elected Councillor Richard Wright as its new leader.

After being elected as Group Leader by party colleagues the previous week, the authority’s full membership voted him in to post on Thursday, March 30.

He will now select a Deputy Leader and Executive Board to support him in carrying forward the Council’s vision and priorities for service delivery and community enhancements.

Cllr Wright has represented his home ward of Ruskington since May 2007 and served on the Council’s Executive Board over the past six years, with special responsibility for enforcement, waste management, licencing, sustainability and related matters.

He has also served on the Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee, mapping out the local development framework for North Kesteven, Lincoln and West Lindsey through to 2036.

He has played a strong role in the development of the Council’s strong vision, financial resilience and forward plan and is committed to building on the Council’s substantial achievements and strengthening successful partnerships to deliver Flourishing Communities.

Aged 50, he has extensive experience working in public service for the RAF, Ministry of Defence, Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Company and invests significant time and energy in support of his local community as chairman, treasurer and child welfare officer for Ruskington Lions Junior FC. 

Cllr Wright said: “I am extremely proud and honoured to have been elected as Leader of the Council and to have the support of my colleagues to continue and strengthen the delivery of our community-focused priorities over the coming years in support of our residents and local businesses.

“There is so much positivity and drive within our District and as a Council, we will grasp every opportunity to continue building on that.

“I look forward to the challenges ahead and in rolling out the Council’s established, publically-endorsed and unanimously-approved NK Plan setting out or immediate strategic actions.  

“I take on the leadership of a Council in robust financial health, with a sustainable and bright future and a strong legacy of delivering positive difference as a dynamic, visionary and progressive authority, focused on excellent, efficient and effective services.” 

“It’s not so much a new broom, but a passing on of the baton. What I want is to continue on the path North Kesteven has already started.”