New clerk says he is delighted to work in town

Thame Town Council's new clerk Graham Hunt
Thame Town Council's new clerk Graham Hunt

A new town clerk has been appointed in Thame.

Graham Hunt is taking over the roles of town clerk and responsible financial officer following the retirement of Helen Stewart BEM.

Mr Hunt, 54, will take office on April 1, and said: “I am delighted to be working in Thame.

“It looks like a wonderful market town and I am very excited by my new role.”

Mr Hunt, who lives in Newbury with his wife and four daughters said he planned to commute initially but said he may move closer if he felt it necessary.

He said: “I have worked with a lot of town clerks over the years and there is a school of thought that you can be much more objective on issues if you don’t live in the area.

“However, there are arguments both ways.”

Mr Hunt has 11 years experience in similar roles at other town councils following a career in the private sector, mostly in IT and management roles.

He said: “I hope to bring my experience and knowledge of the clerking position to the role and my wish and desire for the community to move forward.

“I am aware that there are a lot of big issues in Thame, such as Tesco and The Elms but I don’t think that is different to any other town.”

Mr Hunt said Mrs Stewart would be helping for a bit during a handover period.

He added: “I have met some of the team I will be working with and they are a great bunch.”

Away from work, Mr Hunt is a keen cyclist and dog walker.

Thame mayor Jeannette Matelot Green said: “Graham is a very experienced and enthusiastic town clerk and both councillors and staff are very much looking forward to working with him.”

Mr Hunt succeeds Helen Stewart who retired earlier this year after more than ten years in the role.

In June last year, Mrs Stewart was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

When speaking about the role last year Mrs Stewart said: “You have to be the jack of all trades, even if you are the master of none.”