New chairman for East Northants Council announced

Cllr Gill Mercer
Cllr Gill Mercer

The new chairman of East Northamptonshire Council is hoping to raise funds for specialist hospital equipment during her year in office.

Cllr Gill Mercer, who is district councillor for the Rushden Pemberton Ward, took over from outgoing chairman, Pam Whiting at the annual meeting of the council for the civic year on May 14.

Cllr Marika Hillson was also named as vice-chairman at the meeting.

Cllr Mercer has lived in Rushden since 1977 and has been a district councillor for 11 years.

She is also a Rushden Town councillor and is active in the local twinning with towns in Germany.

She is vice chairman of Northamptonshire Groundwork Trust and a member of Northamptonshire Parking Partnership.

Cllr Mercer is looking forward to showcasing the district and the work of the council at many events over the next 12 months with her consort and husband, Andy.

She said: “I am looking forward to a rewarding year heading the council and promoting its name and, in addition, fundraising for my charity, Prostaid, a charity which helps sufferers of prostate cancer.

“Specifically, I am raising funds for a piece of diagnostic equipment for Kettering General Hospital.

“I hope to meet as many residents as possible at events and various functions throughout the year.”

Events already planned for the year include a golf day on September 11 and a Queen Tribute band on 27 December at Rushden Town Bowling Club.