Burnley woman is new Lancs County Council chairman

County Coun. Margaret Brindle
County Coun. Margaret Brindle

A Burnley councilllor is the new chairman of Lancashire County Council, making it one of the first councils in the country to be headed up by three women.

County Coun. Margaret Brindle, who represents the Burnley Rural division, joins the leader and chief executive as women who hold the most senior roles at the county council.

I want to help people, particularly older people and young people who are coming out of care.

County Coun. Margaret Brindle

A county councillor since 2009, Margaret has been on Burnley Borough Council since 2011 and represents the Coal Clough with Deerplay ward.

Born in Enfield, she spent time in care and lived in various parts of the country before moving to Burnley at the age of 10. After attending the former Burnley High School, she secured a job as a building society investment clerk, eventually becoming a cashier in a central London branch, during the 1960s.

Returning to Lancashire, Margaret decided to add to her education and attended Burnley College, before joining the DHSS as a national insurance contributions officer.

As well as working in the civil service, she worked alongside her husband William in his design and print company, creating artwork for the packaging industry.

Mum-of-three Margaret said: “I want to help people, particularly older people and young people who are coming out of care.

“I know from experience that they have a lot to face. I hope to increase awareness of this during my year as chairman.”