Councillor Brian Robert Edwards MBE
Released on 15 August 2021
Councillor Brian Edwards, Leader of South Staffordshire Council, has sadly passed away on Friday 13th August 2021 following a short illness. He was 81 years of age.
Councillor Edwards became a Member of the South Staffordshire District Council in May 1983 and served as Chairman of the Council between 1993 and 1994, before becoming Leader of the Council in 2005.
Councillor Edwards provided an outstanding service to the people and businesses of South Staffordshire. He was passionate about the district, his residents and his Council.
His achievements were recognised throughout South Staffordshire and the County of Staffordshire and his proudest moment came when he was awarded the MBE for Services to the Community in 2015.
Councillor Edwards's Leadership was recognised at a national level, where he was awarded the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) Councillor Achievement Award in 2013 and subsequently accepted awards on behalf of South Staffordshire Council for the nationally acclaimed i54 South Staffordshire Business Enterprise Park. Only last year, he received further national awards recognising the Council's recent ongoing transformation programme.
As well as being Leader of South Staffordshire Council, Cllr Edwards represented Kinver on the Parish Council and was a Staffordshire County Council member from 1989 to 2017. He also supported many charitable organisations including being an active member of the Rotary Club, the Royal British Legion and a Fiduciary of Oldswinford Hospital School, to name but a few.
Deputy Leader, Councillor Roger Lees said: “Brian was incredibly proud of South Staffordshire Council and all that we achieved together over the years. He was an exemplary Leader and will be missed by all. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his wife Barbara and all his family during this desperately sad time."
Chief Executive, Dave Heywood said: “Brian was an inspirational Leader. He was fair, honest and generous with his time, always there to give advice, support and guidance. He was a true gentleman and we will all miss him dearly."
Arrangements for the funeral will be announced on the Council's website.
For further details contact
South Staffordshire District Council
Tel: 01902 696000