DROITWICH East councillor Bob Brookes has been elected as the new Worcestershire County Council chairman.
The meeting was streamed live on Zoom and was the first time all 57 representatives had met virtually in the authority’s history.
Bob replaces Peter Tomlinson who held the role for an extra two months because of the pandemic.
Bob had a successful career in technology, travelling Europe, the US, and New Zealand.
He was involved in the introduction of colour television to Britain in the 1970s and when computers were entered into classrooms he provided technical support to schools.
In his political life, Bob has represented Droitwich as a town councillor, served as mayor and been a Wychavon District Councillor.
Bob is also presently working closely with local Droitwich campaigners from SOBBS, residents and business to return the Brine Baths to the Spa town.
And he was heavily involved in bringing back Droitwich Salt production after a gap of 100 years.
Becoming Mayor in 2014 he resurrected ‘The Droitwich Salt Company Ltd’.
Bob used this as a vehicle to stage the successful ‘Charter Day’ 800th anniversary celebrations which commemorated the granting of the Royal Salt Charter to Droitwich by King John in 1215.
On taking up his new role Bob said: “It is a great honour but also very humbling to take on the responsibility of being Worcestershire County Council’s new Chairman and I intend to use every opportunity to encourage the development of our economy.
“Working with Peter Tomlinson as my mentor, over the last year as his vice-chairman has been a privilege and I would like to thank him for showing me how the job can be done.
“Worcestershire is acknowledged as one of the best places to live, and with our high-speed broadband roll-out it is an ideal place to do business too.
“I will be doing everything I can to promote Worcestershire, and to support the vital economic development we need following the pandemic.”
Bob has lived in Droitwich for 38 years with wife Veronica who is a retired pharmacist, having spent most of her career in the county.
The pair have three children who were all educated in Worcestershire – two became GPs and one a lawyer.
They also have four grandchildren.
Coun Juliet Brunner was elected vice-chairman.
She is a County Councillor for Arrow Valley East (shared) with Tom Baker-Price.