Seaham Borough Council elects Rochelle Charlton-Laine as its leader

A teacher from the NORTHEAST has become the youngest leader of Seaham Town Council.

Councilor Rochelle Charlton-Lainé, 34, who was named leader at the city council’s annual general meeting, is the second woman to hold the honor.

The secondary school teacher has lived in Seaham for most of her life and was a councilor for a year. She has made board transparency, youth support and community safety her top priorities as a leader.

Cllr Charlton-Lainé said: ‘It is an incredible honor to be appointed Leader of Seaham Borough Council, who have worked hard for our community for almost 40 years now, and I would like to thank my family and fellow Labor for all their support. during the last years.

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“I became an adviser to help hold the current Conservative government accountable for its disgraceful handling of the pandemic and its disappointing offer of free school meals to children nationally and locally.

“While all Councilors should continue to do so, my main focus will be to improve the lives of all Seaham residents.”

She added: “I think it is essential that we remain a transparent, delivery-oriented board for the people and organizations of Seaham.

“As a teacher and mother, one of my main goals will be to support our young people and provide them with the best possible outcomes as they live and thrive in our communities.

Echo of the North:

“I love Seaham, but I’m not blind to some of the issues that need attention – Seaham Borough Council will focus on tackling anti-social behaviour, and key to that will be reducing the need for security guards in our parks.

“We will engage more with young people and further strengthen the strong sense of community we have in the region. I can’t wait to start.

Cllr Charlton-Lainé grew up in East Durham, with her family living in the area for generations. His grandfather was Colliery Overman at Dawdon Pit, where his father also worked.

A secondary school teacher at Dene Academy, Cllr Charlton-Lainé is responsible for aspects of the social, moral, spiritual and cultural growth of students.

She said: “I work hard to create opportunities for students.

“It is essential that in addition to a good education, young people develop a growth mindset that includes well-being, knowledge of the world, politics and health; and I would like to incorporate that into my job as leader of the city council.

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“I want to develop inclusive and transparent information sharing, in the hope that Seaham residents will engage with the Council and help support the community with a strong and diverse voice.”

“I intend to continue community surgeries to interact with those who need support and advice and will endeavor to ensure that cross-service meetings take place between police, fire and other organizations to provide a strategic plan for Seaham regarding anti-social behavior.

Cllr Charlton-Lainé is married with two children, aged three and seven, and is currently completing a master’s degree in senior leadership and business management. In addition, she is also a trustee of Ropery Walk Primary School.

During the pandemic, she has been recognized for her efforts working with students and staff to create over 2,500 pieces of PPE for the NHS and local care homes. MP Grahame Morris has written to the Prime Minister acknowledging his work, using recycled materials to create the safety equipment.

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