Freedom of the borough for officer

Freedom of the borough for officer

Francis Batt

Freedom of the borough for officer

A veteran officer who took on the top role after 35 years with the Royal Borough is to be granted the freedom of the borough.

David Oram, the borough's interim chief executive, retires on Friday after almost 40 years in local government.

He is expected to join an elite list of honorary freemen, including the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and England rugby world cup coach Sir Clive Woodward.

Mr Oram will be only the 15th person to be honoured in this way.

Cabinet member for finance, Cllr Richard Kellaway (Bisham and Cookham), chaired the meeting at which Mr Oram's honour was announced on Thursday.

He praised Mr Oram for the success of diamond jubilee events in the borough and his contribution to the smooth running of Olympic events at nearby Eton Dorney.

He said: "David helped us demonstrate that this council is indeed world class – a view reflected by the Olympic Delivery Authority’s head of transport, who has described the work with our Eton Dorney partner organisations as ‘stunningly successful’.”

Mr Oram started his local government career with Reading Borough Council in 1974 and joined the Royal Borough three years later.

He helped guide the Royal Borough through its promotion to a unitary authority when Berkshire County Council was abolished in 1998, becoming head of economic development. He later took responsibility for planning, leisure and the environment.

He was deputy chief executive in 2008, taking over the top role in May.

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