The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Principal Business and Employment Officer – Emma Smith – has been appointed the new Town Clerk for Penarth.
In her former role as “Town Centres Manager” for the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Ms Smith was involved in several initiatives with Penarth Town Council including the Town Centre Framework.
She says “I am very pleased to be joining Penarth Town Council as its new Town Clerk. As local government is moving towards unprecedented change, it is an exciting time to be working within the community and focusing upon
Penarth’s current and future success”.
The Leader of the Town Council, Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) , said “ I am delighted that the Council will have the benefit of Emma’s experience both of Penarth and the wider Vale .Town and Community Councils will have to be ready to play a constructive part in shaping their futures as the reform of Local Government develops over the next few years’. With community support and Emma’s experience we should be well placed”.
It’s planned that Emma Smith will join the Town Council at the end of February or early next month prior to the retirement of the present Town Clerk Shân Bowden at the end of March.
Emma Smith worked as a human resources assistant for Barclays Bank PLC from 1987-1988 . In April 1989 she became a personal assistant at the law firm Loosemores before moving to solicitors Edwards Geldard in 1990 as personal assistant to the senior & managing partner. From 1996 to 1999 she taught English at a primary school in Grenoble, France. Emma Smith joined the Vale of Glamorgan Council as workshops manager in 2003. In 2005 she was appointed town centres manager for the Vale of Glamorgan; in 2008 was appointed council principal officer, economic development in the Vale of Glamorgan Council and became the council’s principal officer business & employment in 2013.