Following the death of Copeland Borough Council’s former chief executive Pat Graham, the chief executive of Westmorland and Furness Council Sam Plum has paid tribute saying:
“I was extremely saddened to hear about the passing of Pat Graham. I knew her for several years as the chief executive of Copeland Borough Council and I worked closely with her during Local Government Reorganisation, which saw the creation of two new councils for Cumbria earlier this year.
“I was always taken by Pat’s commitment, energy and drive and her absolute commitment to the communities she served and for her brilliant team in Copeland, She was single minded in her focus to make a real difference for all those that she came into contact with. I also loved her wicked sense of humour and that twinkle in her eye. My thoughts are with her friends and family at this difficult time.”
Councillor Jonathan Brook, leader of Westmorland and Furness Council added:
“I always admired Pat’s drive and determination for those that she served. She made a huge difference to the people and communities of Copeland and I am sure that her achievements will continue to be felt for many years to come. She shared with me such values as compassion and collaboration and she will be a great loss to the people of Copeland.”