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Martin Swales confirmed as Solace president

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Martin Swales has been confirmed as the new president of Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers.

South Tyneside MBC chief Mr Swales will replace Doncaster MBC chief Jo Miller whose two year term as president comes to an end on 31 December. Ms Miller will remain on the Solace board and become lead spokesperson on leadership and learning.

She said: “It has been a privilege to serve Solace members as their president and I thank them for choosing me to represent them. I’ve served to the best of my ability and never underestimated the preciousness of using my voice on behalf of the sector.

“I want to thank everyone who has given me the content and confidence to speak up for public service and for the people and places we serve, and to thank my brilliant team here on Doncaster and mayor Ros Jones for giving me the time and space to serve.”

LGC reported last month how Mr Swales was set to take over from Ms Miller. Mr Swales was the only person to put himself forward for the role so an election was not required. His appointment was confirmed at a special general meeting of the Solace board yesterday.

He said: “I feel honoured to have been nominated by my colleagues, and now appointed to the role of Solace president. I’m greatly looking forward to representing our professional body and the sector as a whole.

“Jo has worked tirelessly to represent Solace, articulating her message with great passion and never afraid to speak up where she believes it right for the sector. We are all deeply grateful to Jo for her unwavering commitment to the role.”

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