Council’s new recruits to focus on empty homes and helping businesses

Keith Molloy and Kate Henderson with Coun Margaret Smith
Keith Molloy and Kate Henderson with Coun Margaret Smith

Helping to bring empty properties back into use, supporting businesses and pushing forward the City Deal project will be at the top of the agenda for new recruits at South Ribble Council.

Two new posts have been created at the council to focus the priorities of ‘economic growth’, along with the appointment of 12 new employees in the last three months.

Keith Molloy and Kate Henderson join the council as Enterprise Manager and Strategic Housing Manager, and other roles have been filled in licensing, benefits, transport and planning enforcement.

Council leader, Coun Margaret Smith, said: “By bringing new talent on board, we will strengthen our relationships with businesses and our community, and we will find new ways of supporting growth and investment while maintaining our green spaces for generations to come.

“Keith and Kate will play a big part in our plans to unlock the potential of South Ribble and bring real long-term benefits to our communities.

“I welcome our new employees aboard and look forward to working with them on some exciting projects.”

Keith, 54, from Chorley, joins from Wigan Council, where he worked in economic development, delivering major projects.

He will be responsible for supporting businesses and will be heavily involved in the delivery of the City Deal project.

Kate, 32, from Merseyside, comes to the council from a community involvement role at Progress Housing Group.

She will aim to bring empty properties back into use by continuing the council’s work with housing associations, community groups, charities, landlords and property owners, to make more affordable accommodation available to residents.