ANOTHER Keighley councillor has been appointed by Bradford Council’s leadership to a role within the top executive team.

Cllr Julie Lintern, who represents Keighley West, has become executive assistant for communities.

She joins Labour colleague and Keighley East councillor Caroline Firth, who has retained her role as executive assistant for climate emergency.

Cllr Firth has also been named the council’s champion for Fairtrade and single-use plastics.

The appointments are welcomed by Bradford Council leader, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe.

She said: “I’m delighted to welcome Julie into the executive assistant role to help push forward our priorities of getting people the help they need in their local areas when they need it.

“She’s got excellent experience of supporting neighbourhoods on a local level in Keighley and will be able to work well with residents, fellow councillors and officers in getting things done.

“I’m also pleased to see Caroline take on the roles of Fairtrade and single-use plastics champion, alongside representing the people of Keighley East and her important work as an executive assistant on the environment and climate emergency.

“These are two good appointments and they mean we continue to have strong Keighley voices in leading roles on the council.”

Cllr Lintern said she was “excited” to be taking on the executive assistant role.

“I will always do my best for the communities I serve in Keighley and across the Bradford district,” she added. “I can’t wait to get stuck in and help to make a difference by supporting communities to improve their local areas.”

Cllr Firth described her Fairtrade champion appointment as “an honour”.

“I’m a firm believer in the Fairtrade values of ensuring fair pay and conditions for a fair day’s work and in creating more sustainable communities,” she said. “Our Fairtrade Town status is up for renewal in Keighley this year and we need more hands on deck, so anybody interested please contact me to get involved.

“I’m also pleased to have the opportunity to continue my work on the climate emergency, sustainability and the reduction of single-use plastics in our district. It’s a huge challenge, but it’s vital we create jobs that will shape an environment that benefits us all.”