Tributes have been paid following the death of Buckinghamshire County Councillor Martin Phillips.
Martin, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Public Health, who represented Amersham and Chesham Bois, died peacefully at home on Thursday 24th November 2016. The funeral is to be held on Thursday 8th December 2016 at St Mary’s Church, Amersham.
County Council Leader Martin Tett said: ‘Martin Phillips was a valued colleague and friend. As a member of the County Council Cabinet he had a major role in developing community services and building strong relationships with town and parish councils across Buckinghamshire.
Martin was actively engaged with the volunteer sector which he passionately supported. He will be greatly missed by all of us in all parties on the County Council. He leaves a gap that will be difficult to fill.‘
In June 2009 Martin Phillips was elected to represent Amersham and Chesham Bois and quickly became Chairman of the County Council’s Local Area Forum for his area.
In June 2011 Martin was invited to become Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, four years later Public Health was added to his busy portfolio.
Martin was a key mover in forging links between Buckinghamshire’s and Surrey’s Trading Standards teams, who joined forces in April 2015. Martin’s view was that the joint Trading Standards service would be a stronger force for the good of residents and businesses.
As well as the two county councils’ Joint Trading Standards Committee, Martin served on the Health Communities Partnership, the Safer and Stronger Bucks Partnership Board, the County Councils Network, and the National Paralympic Heritage Trust. He also sat on the County Council’s Appeals and Complaints Committee from 2009 to 2011, the Overview and Scrutiny Commissioning Committee from 2010 to 2011, and the Standards Committee from 2009 to 2010.
From 2009 to 2011 Martin, an Amersham Town Council Member, served his town as Mayor having been Deputy Mayor the previous year.