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Chairman of the council

The Chairman of the council is Councillor Eric Morrell.

Councillor Stephen Coleman is the Vice-Chairman of the council.

Guidance for organisers of events

The Chairman will be pleased to consider invitations to attend events such as official openings or social functions. Should you wish to invite the Chairman to your event, please read the following guidance notes. If you have any questions about what is expected, please contact Member Services Assistant for further information by telephone 01539 793 441 or email

Attendance of the Chairman at Functions

To ensure that proper arrangements are made for the Chairman's attendance, organisers are asked to take careful note of the following.

Please ensure that the Chairman is met on arrival and looked after appropriately during the visit.

The Chairman is the civic head of the district and should be addressed as the Chairman or Madame Chairman as appropriate.

Invitations to the Chairman

Invitations are dealt with in the order they are received. As engagements are often offered many months in advance, it is best to make your request as soon as possible, but at least 14 days in advance.

It should be noted that the Chairman may not be able to accept invitations without sufficient notice.

How to send an invitation to the Chairman

To invite the Chairman to attend your event, you should either telephone 01539 793 441 or email to make an initial enquiry.

However, you will be asked to complete the Function Form (DOC/20KB/2 pages) . Your invitation will then be forwarded to the Chairman.

Official engagement undertaken by the Chairman 

Please use the links below to view lists of engagements attended by the Chairman in recent months:

30 March to 17 May 2017 (PDF/69KB/1 page)

23 February to 29 March 2017 (PDF/18KB/1 page)

15 December 2016 to 22 February 2017 (PDF/18KB/1 page)

23 September to 15 December 2016 (PDF/20KB/1 page)

27 July to 22 September 2016 (PDF/23KB/1 page)

19 May to 26 July 2016 (PDF/24KB/1 page)

1 April to 18 May 2016 (PDF/12KB/1 page)

25 February to 31 March 2016 (PDF/20KB/1 page)

18 December 2015 to 24 February 2016 (PDF/18KB/1 page)

25 September to 17 December 2015 (PDF/22KB/1 page)

29 July to 24 September 2015 (PDF/23KB/1 page)

21 May to 28 July 2015 (PDF/22KB/1 page)