CHIPPENHAM Town Council’s chief executive has beaten competition from more than nine thousand people after being named Clerk of the Year.

Sue Wilthew took the award in the National Association of Local Council’s (NALC) Star Council Awards last week for her work at Chippenham Town Council over the past year.

“I’m really amazed and over the moon, this is a real win for Chippenham Town Council and recognition for the work that we do,” she said.

“Everything I do is done on behalf of Chippenham. I can only deliver the results we achieve through the vision, teamwork and support of the councillors, council staff and our partners in the community.

“There are over 9,000 town and parish councils and their clerks are delivering so much for their communities on a daily basis I am honoured to have been singled out for this award.”

Mrs Wilthew was recognised for the work she has done delivering new services to the town, such as the development of the Neeld and gaining the town Purple Flag accreditation.

She will leave her position at the council in December after six years due to health reasons after six years.

Leader of Chippenham Town Council, Councillor Desna Allen, said: “This award is recognition of Susan Wilthew's excellence and outstanding contribution to the parish sector of Local Government.

“Chippenham is very fortunate to have enjoyed the benefit of her skill and dedication for the last six years and although we will be losing her in the near future, she is leaving this council well prepared to face the significant challenges ahead.”