Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Dream job for town clerk

HENLEY’S new town clerk says she landed her dream job — almost 10 years after she first applied for it

HENLEY’S new town clerk says she landed her dream job — almost 10 years after she first applied for it.

Janet Wheeler, 54, who is currently town clerk in Amersham, will take up the post on Monday, April 4.

She replaces Mike Kennedy, 60, who will retire on Friday, February 12, after more than seven years in post.

His successor lives in Oving, near Aylesbury, with her husband Richard, who works for General Electric.

The couple have two children in their twenties, Sam, who was educated at Shiplake College, and Lexy, a student at Nottingham University.

Mrs Wheeler said: “I’m very excited, it’s my dream job. I actually applied back in 2007 when I was at Cookham Parish Council and obviously didn’t have the experience then. I went away, got the job at Amersham to get the experience and now I’m back.

“I can’t believe the opportunity came up, to be quite honest. Henley will be my last council I think before retirement but I really want to be with Henley for a long time.

“We’ve got family connections in the area. My favourite uncle used to live in Henley many years ago. We’ve also got family and friends living in the Twyford area. It feels like home really.

“In the short term I want to carry on the good work of Mike. I know he’s going to be a hard act to follow. There won’t be any surprises but I want to spend time getting to know and learn all the things Henley Town Council does.

“I think the major issues are the things like the effects of the traffic coming through Henley.”

Mrs Wheeler said she enjoyed making improvements for the community and she hoped to have apprentices and disadvantaged youngsters working with the council.

She and her husband plan to put their house on the market this summer in order to move closer to Henley.

Mrs Wheeler has been Amersham town clerk for six years and before that was parish clerk in Cookham for seven-and-a-half years.

In 2012 she was named clerk of the year by the Buckinghamshire branch of the Society of Local Council Clerks.

She spent the first 20 years of her career as a copywriter before going freelance.

The council has still to decide who will be interim clerk between February 12 and April 4.

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