WILMSLOW councillor Michael Gorman takes up his new post as deputy leader of Cheshire East Council today.

Cllr Gorman (Ind,) who was elected to the council last May, takes over from former Independent group leader Craig Browne.

Cllr Browne has stepped down to become chief executive at Citizen’s Advice North Staffordshire, although he will continue as ward councillor for Alderley Edge.

Cllr Gorman was elected to the post of deputy leader at Tuesday’s full meeting of the council.

Northwich Guardian: Cllr Michael GormanCllr Michael Gorman (Image: Cheshire East Council)

He has a background in print and media industries and was latterly employed as a senior academic at Manchester Metropolitan University.

In proposing him for the role, Cllr Browne said: “Michael has a master's degree in training and development from the University of Sheffield and, more recently, a postgraduate diploma in special educational needs, reflecting his interest and concern in this area and informing his current role as a special needs governor at a local primary school in Wilmslow.

“Michael is a strong advocate for the third sector and has both been and is a board member of several charities.”

Northwich Guardian: Cllr Marilyn HoustonCllr Marilyn Houston (Image: Cheshire East Council)

During Tuesday’s meeting the council also voted for the mayor-elect for 2024/25.

Crewe councillor Marilyn Houston (Lab) was nominated as mayor-elect and Macclesfield councillor David Edwardes (Ind) as deputy mayor.

The formal election for mayor and deputy mayor will take place at the council’s annual general meeting in May.