Oxford City Council has a new Champion following the appointment of Cllr Richard Howlett as Cooperatives Champion at last night's Council meeting (28 January). Cllr Howlett will focus on promoting the growth of the cooperative economy in the city.
Alongside their duties as local councillors, the Champions will bring their expertise and engagement with key stakeholder groups and members of the community to provide the Executive Board members with knowledge and advice to inform decision-making.
Cllr Howlett said: "I'm delighted to take up this role. I have worked in coops in the city for the past eight years so know first-hand the positive difference they can make. In Oxford today we have residents who have come together to create democratic organisations to sell local food, offer childcare, provide housing, design homes, fix bicycles and more. I look forward to working with coops in the city, and fellow councillors, to celebrate, support and hopefully expand this section of our local economy."
Cllr Howlett joins the City Council's existing Champions who are:
Councillor Shaista Aziz, Representation in the Workforce Champion
Councillor Pat Kennedy, Older Peoples’ Champion
Councillor Mark Lygo, Champion for Sports in Schools
Councillor Martyn Rush, Living Wage Champion
Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of the Council, said: “Oxford City Council is lucky to have such experience among its elected members of all parties. By having Champions appointments we can ensure that their knowledge can be brought to the fore and that they can provide valuable insight to their specialist areas.”