MAYORESS of Calderdale, Helen Silvester will be leaving Hebden Bridge next month to take up a new appointment in Turkey.
Helen, who has worked for the British Council for 17 years, will become Director of Education for Turkey and the 15 countries east of the EU.
“It is a fantastic opportunity, and I could not turn it down. But I will miss Hebden Bridge terribly,” she said.
Helen’s husband, Coun Nader Fekri, will continue in his role as Mayor of Calderdale until the handover in May.
The couple have just bought a new home in Hebden Bridge and Nader will oversee work on the house before joining his wife in Turkey later in the year.
“The house needs a lot of work doing, but hopefully Nader will be able to join me and the boys Usha, aged 10 and Shwan, six, by the end of the year.”
She added: “Being Mayoress has been an amazing honour and privilege. I have been amazed and humbled by the incredible amount of work going on in our community.”
Helen said that between March and May she would be returning to this country for meetings and conferences and would continue to assist Nader as Mayoress where possible.
Nader said: “I am really proud of Helen and delighted she has secured this position.”
He has served on Calderdale Council for nearly nine years representing the Calder Ward and has served on Hebden Royd Town Council for nearly 10 years. The couple were Mayor and Mayoress of Hebden Royd in 2007/2008.
He has been a Calderdale magistrate and governor at Riverside Junior School, Hebden Bridge, for the past nine years .
Nader said he would be stepping down from Calderdale and Hebden Royd Town Councils later in the year.
“Hopefully to co-incide with the police commission elections which will help cut the costs of the by-elections,” he said.
The couple say they will be returning to Hebden Bridge after Helen completes her three year post.