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Meet Matthew – Driffield’s new town clerk

Driffield Town Council’s new town clerk Matthew Brown said he is proud to have been given the opportunity to help make a difference in a town he loves.

Matthew took up his role with Driffield Town Council in January and has spent the past two-and-a-half months shadowing his predecessor Claire Binnington who retired on 10th March after 25 years in the role.

Born and bred in Driffield, Matthew has a real passion for the Capital of the Wolds and wants to see it continue to thrive for the benefits of its residents, businesses and visitors.

He said: “I have lived in Driffield almost all of my life and I have a real passion for the town and its people.

“When the position of town clerk was advertised, I felt this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a huge difference in a town I love.”

Having schooled in Driffield, Matthew spent time working at the Tesco store on George Street and as a photographer’s assistant before moving into the automotive industry. He has spent the past 21 years working for Polar Ford, which was taken over by Stoneacre, as the Fleet Account manager.

Outside of work, Matthew is one of the founding members and directors of Yorkshire Wolds Railway and is a keen photographer.

He believes he has been given a fantastic opportunity to build on the legacy left by Claire and the council.

He said: “I am very mindful and respectful of the fantastic legacy that Claire, along with the councillors and colleagues in the Tidy Team and those from East Riding of Yorkshire Council, have given everybody in this town.

“I see my role as continuing to build on that and to take it forward.

“Driffield is a wonderful town and there is so much going on from the Umbrella Plaza and the initiatives to support the town centre businesses to the preparations for the King’s coronation, Yorkshire Day and the summer hanging baskets.

“All of these and much more give us a town we can all be proud of and I am really proud to say I am playing a part in that.”

The role of the town clerk is to ensure the town runs as smoothly as possible within the remit of the council.

Matthew added: “As town clerk I am here to do the bidding of the councillors. The councillors make the decisions, which they pass to me to implement.

“I find this very exciting because every day will present something new and different and being able to see what you implement then happen and make a difference to the lives of the people of the town is a real privilege.

“I have been made to feel so welcome by everyone I have met and I feel I have been given a real opportunity to carry on Claire’s legacy.

“I want the town to be successful and to continue to thrive and I want to do the right job for Driffield and the town to do the right job for the residents and if I manage to achieve that, I am doing a good job and that is my ambition.”

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