"Well it doesn't seem like it's been 12 months since we were all together. But what a 12 months it's been. A spending review, our finance settlement, an Autumn statement, council elections, two budgets, and of course, the EU Referendum..."
"Is it really just half a year since I was doing the same job as you inside a council. I still believe that running a council is an amazing job. It was only the chance to work for all Local Government turned my head towards this new role in the LGA..."
"Who would have thought it. Just a few weeks ago I was packing my stuff up in Smith Square, Westminster, ready to send it back to South Holland in Lincolnshire...."
"It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have been Chairman of the LGA this year. A privilege in particular to have held the post during such an eventful, even historic, 12 months....."