District councillors stood in silent remembrance for a former councillor and chairman of Epping Forest District Council at their meeting on Thursday 5 October.
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Ann Miller influenced the early years of school children across Epping Forest District as a teacher and a school governor. A governor for 35 years and chairman of governors for 24 years, Ann was central to the educational development of thousands of local students at West Hatch in Chigwell. She was also a governor for Whitebridge and St Luke’s Schools in Loughton.
Ann was also a teacher, and among her many pupils at St John’s in Epping were the district council’s current Liberal Democrat Group Leader Jon Whitehouse, and the Leader of the Conservative Group and Leader of Council, Chris Whitbread.
Current Council Chairman, Darshan Sunger led tributes to Ann Miller.
Ann entered local politics through Epping Urban Council in 1970. When councils were reorganised she became one of the founding members of Epping Forest District Council in 1974.
In an age of male-dominated local politics, Ann Miller broke through the ‘glass ceiling’, holding many senior positions before becoming Epping Forest District Council’s first female chairman.
Councillors from all sides of the chamber offered deepest condolences to Mrs Miller’s family. Flags will fly at half-mast from the District Council offices on the day of former councillor Miller’s funeral.
Councillor Chidi Nweke invited fellow councillors to hear more about Black History Month.
Epping Forest District Museum in Sun Street, Waltham Abbey is helping to celebrate the diversity of the district during Black History Month with ‘Greater in Spirit, Larger in Outlook’, recognising the invaluable contributions of black people to Britain.
Following question and answers put to members of the Cabinet, councillors approved the annual report of the Audit and Governance Committee for 2022 to 2023, and recommendations by the Constitution Working Group for the new Audit and Governance terms of reference.
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