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City's New Cultural Boss Saddles up for Preston

Thursday, 19th May 2016

Preston’s cultural, leisure and tourism sector is set for a boost with the appointment of Councillor Peter Kelly as the new Cabinet Member.

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Peter (49) is now a passionate, adopted Prestonian having lived in the city for the last twelve years.

Peter, who’s professional career is as a psychologist, is now the Cabinet Member for Preston’s multi-million pound cultural and leisure services - which includes the Harris Museum, two leisure centres, the sports development and health teams and the events programme.

Welcoming his appointment, Councillor Peter Kelly said: “It’s a tremendous honour to serve the people of Preston. I’m extremely proud of Preston. Ten years ago I’d have said my home was Australia but now I say Preston is my home!

“It’s a fantastic city with so much to offer. Culture and community are at the heart of what makes Preston the proud city it is. We have an amazing mix of cultures and heritage, which really gives Preston a unique edge.

“The challenge is to build on this and expand what the city offers at a time when Council funding is being cut. Though with every challenge there’s also an opportunity for new thinking and new ways of working that can still make an impact.

“The Harris is a great example of this. By working in partnership with the arts sector, local communities and Lancashire County Council we can transform the Harris into a premier attraction, not just for Lancashire but for the North West as a whole.

“It’s about working differently in a more dynamic and joined up way. Using our influence, listening to people who have a genuine passion and interest in culture, arts and sports in Preston and working with them to make a difference. 

“I’m relishing the opportunity and will bring total dedication and enthusiasm to the role – as well as an Australian sense of humour.” 

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