David retires after 30 years in key roles

David Francis cuts the cake at his retirement party in Morpeth Town Hall.
David Francis cuts the cake at his retirement party in Morpeth Town Hall.

A stalwart of two important county organisations was given a fond farewell at his retirement party.

Last month marked 30 years since David Francis started his role as director for Community Action Northumberland (CAN) and secretary for the Northumberland Association of Local Councils (NALC).

He had worked with parish councils and communities in other parts of the country before moving north and over the three decades, he has been involved in tapping into various programmes and initiatives to benefit people across the county.

NALC represents the interests of parish and town councils, whilst offering specialist training and support to its members on a range of topics.

CAN works to promote rural issues, empower organisations and support the most vulnerable people living in rural communities.

During his retirement party, which took place in Morpeth Town Hall, Mr Francis said: “Both organisations focus on supporting local communities and they have a strong advocacy role in speaking up for them to the powers that be at a regional and national level.”

He will still be involved on a voluntary basis and will become vice president of CAN and NALC.