AT a Brentwood Council meeting on February 27, where the Budget for 2019/20 was approved, Cllr Louise McKinlay announced her decision to step down as Leader.
Cllr McKinlay said; “I feel extremely privileged to have been Leader for 10 years and proud of the achievements that have been made.
“The Brentwood Business Showcase, The Town Hall Community Hub transformation, the establishment of Seven Arches Investment Limited – which has just purchased its second commercial income generating property – and the Joint Venture to completely reinvigorate the town centre are just some examples.
“I would like to thank everyone who has worked with me over the last decade.
“From colleagues and council staff past and present to partners, residents, businesses and local organisations, I have enjoyed working with all of you and look forward to seeing the next phase for Brentwood and the Council. “
Cllr McKinlay will remain councillor for Hutton North and will not be stepping down from this role and will also continues her role as Cabinet Member for Resources for Essex County
Council to which she was appointed in May 2017.
Cllr McKinlay has lived in Brentwood since the age of 16.
Born in Essex and educated at Brentwood School she studied for her BA and Msc in European Studies, Languages and International Relations at Loughborough University.
She was first elected to Brentwood Borough Council in 2004 for the Hutton North Ward, and was then re-elected in 2008, doubling her previous majority.
Leaders from across the political divide responded by paying tribute to Cllr McKinlay’s hard work and loyalty to residents across the years.
Her appointment as Leader in May 2009 saw her take up the role as the youngest ever female Council Leader in the country.
Chief Executive Officer Phil Ruck said; “It has been a great pleasure working with Cllr Louise McKinlay who has encouraged us with her vision and supported her goals with her dedication and hard work.
“We thank her for her contributions to the borough, and I am sure she will continue to help the residents of the borough. I wish her the very best for the future.”
A new Leader will be appointed in May.