Cllr Barry Gasper, Councillor for Brook, has been elected Chairman of Babergh District Council at the council’s Annual Council Meeting.
At the meeting on Tuesday 22 May, members of Babergh District Council elected Cllr Gasper to serve as Chairman for the next year. Cllr Gasper succeeds Cllr Peter Burgoyne, who stepped down following two years as Chairman.
The founder and Managing Director of Kent Engineering Services Ltd, Cllr Gasper has a background and long, successful career in engineering, including consultancy work for the MoD and UK power industry. Cllr Gasper was elected to Babergh District Council in 2015, representing the Brook Ward including Sproughton, Burstall, Hintlesham and Copdock. This followed several years serving as a Parish Councillor, including as Chairman of Burstall Parish Council.
While a member of Babergh District Council, Cllr Gasper has sat on several Babergh Committees and Chaired the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the annual report of which was presented on the Annual Council Meeting on Tuesday.
Cllr Gasper’s chosen charity is the Bumblebee Children’s Charity, a specialist centre in Sproughton which provides support for babies and young children who have difficulties with movement and coordination. These problems can be caused by a wide range of conditions including cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and autism.
Cllr Barry Gasper, Babergh District Council’s new Chairman, said: “I’d like to thank all my fellow councillors who elected me Chairman of Babergh. Representing Babergh is a great honour and I hope to continue the good work of Cllr Burgoyne in the chair. I’m looking forward to the year ahead, meeting residents and visiting organisations across the district. I am hoping to raise as much money as possible to support the Bumblebee Children’s Charity’s vital work to help more young children to improve their mobility.”