Next Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Norwich revealed
- Credit: Norwich City Council
The likely next Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Norwich have been revealed, with one of them already well versed in what his role involves.
Following nominations tonight, Norwich city councillor David Fullman has been put forward to be Lord Mayor for the 2017/18 civic year.
And David Walker, the former clerk to Norwich Charitable Trusts, is due to take up the mantle of Sheriff.
Mr Fullman, Labour councillor for Mancroft ward, is no stranger to the role of Lord Mayor.
He served as Lord Mayor almost 30 years ago. Mr Fullman, who donned the robes back in 1989/90, said: 'It's a privilege to be Lord Mayor of Norwich and I'm proud to be only the third person to be offered that privilege for the second time.
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'I think that there is a job to be done building even better bridges between the city council and our thriving and innovative voluntary sector to protect the quality of life of our citizens.
'I intend to devote the year to further developing that positive and strong relationship.'
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Mr Fullman was a city councillor from 1979 until 2002 and was re-elected last year.
New Sheriff Mr Walker retired as clerk to Norwich Charitable Trusts until his retirement last August. That consists of three charities - Norwich Consolidated Charities, Anguish's Educational Foundation and Town Close Estate Trust - which have balance sheets of more than £75m.
The interest goes mainly to help people in financial need, either directly or through funding other charities.
He said: 'I am looking forward with enthusiasm to working closely with the Lord Mayor designate to make a positive difference to the lives of as many as possible of the residents of the city during the coming civic year.'
The appointments will need to be ratified at the council's annual meeting at the end of May.
The pair will replace current Lord Mayor, Labour city councillor Marion Maxwell and Sheriff Richard Marks, the head of branch for Norwich's John Lewis store.
Norwich is one of only 25 UK cities to appoint a Lord Mayor and one of 15 towns and cities to appoint a Sheriff.
At last night's meeting, the Green Party did not back the nominations, saying they had been left out of the process. Some voted against, while others abstained.
Council leader Alan Waters apologised, saying it had been his error not to inform the opposition leaders sooner about the Labour group's nominations.