Tribute paid to former county councillor - The Leamington Observer

Tribute paid to former county councillor

Laura Kearns 26th May, 2021   0

TRIBUTE has been paid to a former county councillor.

Warwickshire County Council members, officers and leaders have expressed their sympathies at the news of the death of former councillor Chris Williams.

Coun Williams lived in Fenny Compton for nearly 25 years and was in office from June 2009 to May 2021. He served many positions including governor of the local Dassett School and member of the Environment and Economy and the Health Overview Scrutiny committees.

He was also the chair of the Corporate Parenting Panel from 2013 to 2017 and remained a member of the panel until he stood down in May 2021.

The council says during this time, he advocated for children in care by paying attention, listening to and encouraging young people to speak and make themselves heard on what the council could do better. He was always keen to see improvements in services for those who are most vulnerable and in need of support and was a fantastic ally and support for vulnerable children and young people.

Coun Williams also actively participated in local affairs throughout the Kineton division where he established a reputation for being a vigorous supporter of local parish councils.

He also served as a member of Stratford District Council for many years.

Colleagues say he will be remembered for ‘getting things done’ for his local communities and as someone who took his public service very seriously. In addition, trained in the photographic industry by Kodak, he ran his own business for many years and aware of the pressures facing many small businesses.

He enjoyed reading, especially political history, was a keen photographer, and with his wife, Carole, took pleasure in gardening and the company of their two grandchildren.

Coun Williams’ contributed to many of the council’s priorities in particularly giving children the best start in life, protecting vulnerable people and keeping Warwickshire safe.

Warwickshire County Council leader Izzi Seccombe said: “Chris was a much-loved member of Warwickshire County Council and was respected across the political groups for his commitment, especially to some of our more disadvantaged young people.

“He will be hugely missed by all the county council including members and staff. We all send our deepest condolences to his family at this very sad time.”


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