New deputy cabinet member appointed to Norfolk County Council

A new deputy cabinet member has been appointed to Norfolk County Council.

Councillor Judy Leggett, who represents the county council division of Old Catton, takes on the role of deputy cabinet member for children’s services with special responsibility for education with immediate effect.

She replaces councillor Phil Hardy in the role.

Mr Hardy is due to start full time employment with mid Norfolk MP George Freeman, and no longer feels he can honour his commitments while working full time. He will remain a county councillor and continue in his role as a special advisor to the cabinet on green issues.

Councillor Leggett, who is former chairman of the Norfolk Governors’ Network, former board member of the National Governors’ Association and currently the joint chair of a federation of two Norfolk junior schools and a governor at City Academy Norwich, said she was greatly looking forward to her new role.

She added: “As a grandmother and a school governor in Norfolk for more than 20 years, I understand some of the challenges facing Norfolk schools and families, and I am confident I can put this experience to good use. I firmly believe we should give all children and young people in Norfolk every chance to reach their full potential, and I will be working hard, together with colleagues and officers, to continue the good work of children’s services.”

Councillor Alison Thomas, cabinet member for children’s services at Norfolk County Council, said: “I am delighted that Judy has agreed to take on the role as my deputy cabinet member. She is highly regarded in Norfolk’s education community, having served as a governor for many years, and I know she will continue to champion the interests of Norfolk’s children, young people and families and ensure they are at the heart of everything we do.

“I would also like to put on public record my thanks to Phil for the enormous contribution he has made to children’s services, and his personal support to me. He has been committed to improving the lives of Norfolk families and has made an enormous difference to the work of the authority, and I know Judy will also do an excellent job.”