The Leader of the City Council Warren Morgan has expressed his thanks to Cllr Tom Bewick, who is stepping down as Chair of the Children, Young People and Skills Committee after nearly two years in the role, in order to focus on his ward and his business. Cllr Morgan praised Cllr Bewick for his “clear leadership and purpose” and “wide-ranging and invaluable” contribution to the council’s leadership since May 2015.
Cllr Dan Chapman, currently Deputy Chair, will take over as Chair of the Committee until Annual Council in May, with Cllr Caroline Penn taking his role as Deputy. Cllr Bewick will remain a councillor for Westbourne ward.
Cllr Morgan said “Cllr Dan Chapman brings huge experience in education and has ably demonstrated his ability to lead the committee through his work on schools admissions as Deputy Chair.”
During his time as Lead Member for Children, Young People and Skills Committee, Cllr Bewick has successfully rocket-boosted apprenticeships, overseen continual improvements in the cities schools and protected children's services in the face of huge Tory cuts.