2nd October 2017
Taken from his September column in the Haverhill Echo, our chairman John Mayhew writes about his delight at being re-elected by the Board of ONE Haverhill Partnership...
"The Board of ONE Haverhill Partnership has re-elected me and Henry Wilson for a second annual term as chairman and vice-chairman respectively.
We are both very grateful for this show of confidence and we are delighted to look ahead to a second year following 12 months of real progress and success stories in our town.
I take the responsibility very seriously and welcome the opportunity to continue working with my Operations Group colleagues, Colin Poole and the team from Haverhill Town Council, Michael Attwood, Suffolk County Council, Lizzi Cocker, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Dave Gooderham who looks after our communications.
I am delighted that the Board also re-elected Henry Wilson as vice-chair. We work well together and make a great team for Haverhill.
Anyone who has ever met Henry knows his passion to achieve real change and improvements in our town and he is an important member of ONE Haverhill Partnership.
The Board last month signed off a big agenda of new projects through the adoption of the Business Plan.
We also stressed the importance of maintaining important legacy activities, such as the successful Apprenticeship programme in Haverhill that has been expertly overseen by Youth Skills Manager Karen Chapple.
Haverhill LifeLink has got off to a great start and the Town Centre MasterPlan continues to progress as we edge towards an effective delivery programme.
The common denominator is harnessing the Partnership to improve the lives of everyone who lives, works or visits Haverhill.
I have used this column before to rightly praise the commitment and dedication every single member of the Board has to achieve these aims.
One of our ambitions for the next 12 months is to widen this Partnership even further.
In October, an initiative with the business community in Haverhill will hopefully see the start of ONE Haverhill Business Angels and we are looking at how we can understand better the skills shortages in Haverhill and how these might be met by improving the Further Education offer in the town.
I am delighted for the opportunity to continue driving these projects and initiatives."