Date: 29 May 2015
For Immediate Release
New council Chairman is giving something back
After a successful business career the new Chairman of South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) has said it is time to give something back to the community he is honoured to represent.
During their Annual Council meeting on Wednesday, 20 May members of SNC elected Councillor Roger Clarke as their Chairman.
He said: “I am proud of my county, and the district I live in, and through my duties as Chairman I plan to promote the whole of south Northamptonshire as best I can.
“This area has been confirmed as one of the top ten places to live in the country and with further job creation at Silverstone and Grange Park, the attraction will grow."
Cllr Clarke will be supported by Deputy Chairman Councillor Caryl Billingham in leading full Council meetings and representing the district at civic events over the coming year.
Cllr Clarke was the middle of five children in a military family and was always taught to think good of others.
He moved to Pattishall from Hitchin, Hertfordshire with his wife Trudy 42 years ago and has two children, and four grandchildren.
Cllr Clarke started his first livestock marketing business in 1982 and oversaw a period of major change in the UK food supply chain.
He later went into landscape design and construction and worked on a broad range of projects in and around south Northants, from small back gardens to restoring the grounds of a manorial home.
Cllr Clarke is a trustee for several charities, and has been an active Rotarian and Parish Councillor for 30 years.
He became SNC member for Blakesley and Cote in 2010 and since then has served as a member of the Council’s Moat Lane regeneration board, the Organisational Change and Relocation Committee, now sits on the budget and financial strategy committee and served as Deputy Chairman during the last municipal year.
During his year as Chairman Cllr Clarke has chosen to support the Disability Inclusive Sports Club which provides disabled children and adults access to a range of sports, and the PSP Association which supports people with a degenerative brain condition.