Cllr Brenda Dowding stepped down from Council and we thank her for her hard work and dedication to the ward. She sadly passed away only a few weeks after the May elections. At the July 2015 Council meeting, a minute’s silence was held in her memory and Councillors from across the chamber gave tributes: Brenda Dowding tributes

Brenda Dowding.

Brenda Dowding lived in Wirral all her life and has been resident in Parkgate since 1972.  She trained as an analytical chemist and was married to Tony with three grown up sons and a daughter.

Presently Brenda was employed as the Chief Executive of ARCH Initiatives, an organisation working with people whose lives are adversely affected by substance misuse.

Brenda was committed to community involvement.  She set up, and chaired, the borough wide Stakeholder Forum for Adult Social Care & Health; was a governor of Neston High School, and previously of Parkgate Primary School; she was closely involved with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association; and was the founder chairperson of the Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHS Trust.  She was a supporter of the Parkgate Society, Neston Civic Society and of the Friends of Parksfield.

When elected to Cheshire West and Chester, Brenda served as a member of the Executive of the Council, holding the portfolio for Adult Social Care and Health.  She represented the Council at a national level on the Local Government Association; she was a member of the sub-regional Health and Wellbeing Commission; a Governor of the Cheshire and Wirral NHS Partnership Trust; and regularly attended a very wide range of other organisations whose remit relates to health and welfare provision.

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