Council welcomes final Chairman

Councillor Ian Chilvers Chairman of Selby District Council

Selby District Council has appointed a new Chairman, Cllr Ian Chilvers, following the Annual Council meeting held last night (Tuesday 17 May 2022).

Cllr Chilvers has taken over from last year’s Chairman, Cllr John Duggan. The Vice Chairman is Cllr Mike Jordan.

Cllr Chilvers will be the final chairman appointed to Selby District Council as the new unitary council for North Yorkshire will be formed in April 2023 and Selby District Council will cease to exist. Cllr Chilvers has previously served as chairman in 2009/10.

Every Council chairman supports their chosen charities while in office. Over the past year, Cllr Duggan has been able to raise £5371.14  through his work raising funds for Motor Neurone Disease Association, St Leonards Hospice, and The League of Friends of Selby War Memorial Hospital. At the meeting, Cllr Duggan received praise from both the Labour group leader, Cllr Bob Packham and the Conservative group leader, Cllr Mark Crane, for his work as Chairman.

Over the next year Cllr Chilvers will raise funds for two charities - Yorkshire Cancer Research and a charity helping local children fighting long covid. 

Cllr Chilvers commented, “Having the opportunity to wear the chains of office again is a massive privilege. I am looking forward to my time as Chairman and to represent Selby District Council and my chosen charities.

“I am also honoured to have been appointed the final chairman of Selby District Council. As we prepare for local government reorganisation, I will use my role as chairman to support communities across the district and represent the council at civic events.” 

The role of Council Chairman is largely ceremonial, with the post-holder stepping back from day-to-day political work. Cllr Chilvers will represent the Council at a range of events and activities, as well as presiding over Full Council meetings. His consort for the year will be his wife, Cllr Judith Chilvers.

In addition, to celebrate the final Annual Council meeting for Selby District Council. former councillors Alderman G Holmes and Alderman R Wilson attended the meeting. Both were councillors when Selby District Council was formed in 1974.