Town council reveals its new lead officer

Tracey Bell will become the clerk at Morpeth Town Council next month.
Tracey Bell will become the clerk at Morpeth Town Council next month.

The new clerk for Morpeth Town Council has been appointed.

Tracey Bell, who has more than 20 years of experience in the public sector, will start her new role next month.

She will replace Gillian Turner, who will retire in November after a two-month transition period.

Mrs Bell had a baptism of fire when she began her career in local government at Easington District Council in 1991 as she started out in the ‘poll tax’ department.

After a number of years within the revenues and benefits department, she moved to the housing department and then onto democratic and legal services, where she completed her Institute of Legal Executives qualification over four years while working full-time and having two children.

From there she moved into strategy, performance and risk and she worked as the council’s emergency planner dealing with flooding and the foot and mouth outbreak.

Mrs Bell left the council in 2003 and joined Cleveland Fire Brigade as its policy and performance manager. She was responsible for ensuring that it met its statutory duties with regard to performance and quality assurance.

For the last five years, she worked as the community health and wellbeing manager. She was made redundant in April as part of the brigade’s budget cuts.

She has also worked as the clerk to Haswell Parish Council for the past six years, where she has enjoyed working with the community on a range of successful projects.

Mrs Bell enjoys keeping fit and has completed the Great North Run and the Coast to Coast bike ride for charity. She has been married for 20 years and has two teenage children.

She said: “I am excited and looking forward to my new role as clerk to Morpeth Town Council, where I will strive to be as successful as the present clerk.”