Lib Dems elect new city council leader

May 17, 2010 11:44 AM
Cllr Sian Reid

Sian Reid

Cambridge Liberal Democrats have announced today that Sian Reid is to succeed Ian Nimmo-Smith as leader of the city council.

Sian has been a councillor for the Newnham ward since 2002 and Executive Councillor for Climate Change and Growth since 2006.

She said: "I am delighted and honoured to follow in Ian's footstep. He has an enviable track record of achievement. Ian led the city council with strong vision and it is in great shape for the future.

"I welcome the opportunity and challenge of driving forward our vision for a sustainable and thriving city while at the same time navigating the council through a period of financial constraint and change of government."

During her time on the city council, Sian has served as chair of community development and leisure, chair of the traffic management committee and has been a Design Champion. She is the co-founder of the award winning Close the Door campaign and was co-founder of Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.

Sian, an Associate Lecturer at the East of England's Open University Business School, embarked on a career in running telecommunications businesses in Europe after achieving a Masters Degree at the London Business School.

Ian, who steps down after leading the council for the last seven years, said: "Sian has been an extremely valuable executive councillor in the team I led, and she has my full support and confidence in taking over as leader. I have no doubt that she will show strong, wise and decisive leadership at a time when the city council is facing many challenges in this tough economic climate."

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