The Chairman and Chief Executive of the KM Charity Team have been awarded the status of Aldermen of Canterbury City Council.
At a meeting of the full council on 19 January, 2017, Martin Vye, current Chairman of the educational charity, and Simon Dolby, the charity’s founder and Chief Executive, were unanimously elected as Aldermen.
Martin Vye served four terms on the city council including a year as Lord Mayor in 2004. Martin is still a serving county councillor. Simon Dolby served three terms between 1987 and 1999 including two years as Chairman of the Environment Committee and two years as Chairman of Leisure Services.
During his chairmanship of environment Simon introduced an early version of the current doorstep recycling system in the district and brought in sunken glass banks, copied from Europe, which use the fact they are almost entirely below ground level to dramatically reduce the noise impact of glass breaking inside them. These successfully reduced noise complaints from kerbside glass banks and later won an audit commission award for the officers’ design work that brought Simon’s initiative to life. Sunken glass banks were subsequently phased out when later versions of the household recycling scheme – following improvements in technology – allowed glass to be included within household green wheeled bins.
A year after leaving the city council Simon founded the KM Charity Team with Martin Vye one of the first invited to join its board.