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The current chairman of the council is Stuart Hughes.  The deputy chairman is Helen Parr.  The role of the chairman covers:

  • attending functions both within and outside the district to represent the council
  • hosting functions in order to promote the council and its interests
  • attending and participating in ceremonial events
  • ensuring that the council’s services and achievements are appropriately celebrated and publicised
  • upholding and promoting the purposes of the constitution, and to interpret the constitution when necessary having regard to appropriate advice
  • presiding over meetings of the council so that its business can be carried out efficiently and with regard to the rights of councillors and the interests of the community
  • ensuring that at the council meeting, councillors who are not on the cabinet or who are not chairmen of committees are able to hold the cabinet and committee chairmen to account
  • generally, to be the conscience of the council
  • acting as chairman of the council’s standards committee