The outgoing Mayor of Kirklees Clr Nigel Patrick is to take up a new role with The Kirkwood.

Clr Patrick, who has represented Holme Valley South for 20 years, is stepping down from the council in May when his year as mayor also ends.

Clr Patrick will become business development manager at the Dalton-based hospice with a brief to develop relationships between the charity and the local business community.

In his new role, Clr Patrick will be responsible for driving corporate sponsorship opportunities with businesses and organisations across the borough.

Companies and organisations can support The Kirkwood in any number of ways, from joining The Kirkwood Business to becoming a sponsor of one of The Kirkwood’s exciting projects, such as the highly-anticipated Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees, which will see 60 giant Snowdog sculptures take to the streets in West Yorkshire’s largest ever free public art trail.

Mayor and Mayoress of Kirklees Clr Nigel Patrick and wife Judith

Clr Patrick said: “I’m feeling incredibly positive about my new role with The Kirkwood. There are so many new avenues for us to explore and I hope my knowledge of local businesses will complement my work here and boost the profile of The Kirkwood within the corporate community.

“In the long run, my plan is to build a network of sponsors and ambassadors who are proud to champion the work of The Kirkwood.

“Business support is a vital source of income for the charity, so I’m thrilled to be able to put my experience to good use to benefit a fantastic cause.”

Clr Patrick was first elected to Kirklees Council in 2002 when he was the chairman of Holme Valley Parish Council, having served as a parish councillor since 1995. He become mayor in 2021 with his wife Judith as mayoress.

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