Cllr Arthur Dicken
Cllr Arthur Dicken attended Liverpool College and the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Working for ICI for thirty-six years, starting as a chemical engineer in process design, moving into production management in Runcorn, and Northwich, then as Works Manager of the ICI (now AstraZeneca) Pharmaceuticals Factory in Macclesfield. Later moving to Teesside as Engineering and Operations Manager of the ICI chemical manufacturing sites at Wilton, Billingham and North Tees, Cllr Dicken then became Manufacturing Director of the ICI Group in 1995. At this time, Cllr Dicken was a member of the National Manufacturing Council, the CBI NE Regional Executive and the Technology Foresight Panel for Manufacturing.
After retiring from ICI, Cllr Dicken worked as a facilitator in business support and economic development activities with the Tees Valley Development Corporation, then with the North West and the Cheshire & Warrington business development agencies. Joining McCourts as a consultant in the executive team, Cllr Dicken focused on effectiveness and business strategy development, returning to Cheshire to work on strategy with the EC Hospice, the King’s School and the David Lewis Centre.
In Macclesfield, Cllr Dicken was the past Chairman of the Enterprise Agency, Chamber of Commerce and Local Economic Partnership, vice Chairman of the TEC and a Trustee of the Silk Heritage Centre, a non-executive Director and Vice Chairman of the East Cheshire NHS Trust, Chairman of the Governors of the King’s School, a Trustee of Age Concern East Cheshire, Captain and Chairman of Prestbury Golf Club and Chairman of the Prestbury Branch of the Macclesfield Conservative Association.
Cllr Dicken is keen on golf, walking and DIY, has been married for over fifty years to his wife, Lynne, and has two married daughters and four grandchildren. Cllr Dicken became a parish councillor in 2008 through his involvement in the Plan for Prestbury, and was Chairman from 2011 – 2015.