Council welcomes new Chairman and Vice Chairman

Councillor John Duggan

Selby District Council has a new Chairman with the appointment of Cllr John Duggan into the role at the Annual Council meeting held on Tuesday 27 April.

Formerly Vice Chairman, Cllr Duggan has succeeded in the position previously held by Cllr Mackay. New into the role of Vice Chairman is Cllr Ian Chilvers.

Due to coronavirus and restrictions, the Council was unable to appoint a new chairman last year. Instead, Cllr Donald Mackay held the Chairman's seat for another year.

Every Council chairman supports many local charities. Over the past two years, Cllr Mackay has been able to raise over £4,600 through his work raising funds for St Leonard’s Hospice and Dementia Forward.

Cllr Duggan will raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease Association, St Leonards Hospice and The League of Friends of Selby War Memorial Hospital during his year in office.

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

Cllr Duggan is the first chairman to be elected from Riccall in 19 years. This is his second time as Chairman of the Council, he was Chairman of the Council in the Millennium year 2000.

The role of Council Chairman is largely ceremonial, with the post-holder stepping back from day-to-day political work. Cllr Duggan 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, Katy Duggan.

Following Government guidelines, all council meetings have been moved remotely. This means the usual presentation of the passing of chains will not be happening. The Council is hoping to have an in-person celebration for Cllr Duggan when it is safe to do so.

Selby District Council has a new Chairman with the appointment of Cllr John Duggan into the role at the Annual Council meeting held on Tuesday 27 April.

Formerly Vice Chairman, Cllr Duggan has succeeded in the position previously held by Cllr Mackay. New into the role of Vice Chairman is Cllr Ian Chilvers.

Due to coronavirus and restrictions, the Council was unable to appoint a new chairman last year. Instead, Cllr Donald Mackay held the Chairman's seat for another year.

Every Council chairman supports many local charities. Over the past two years, Cllr Mackay has been able to raise over £4,600 through his work raising funds for St Leonard’s Hospice and Dementia Forward.

Cllr Duggan will raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease Association, St Leonards Hospice and The League of Friends of Selby War Memorial Hospital during his year in office.

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

Cllr Duggan is the first chairman to be elected from Riccall in 19 years. This is his second time as Chairman of the Council, he was Chairman of the Council in the Millennium year 2000.

The role of Council Chairman is largely ceremonial, with the post-holder stepping back from day-to-day political work. Cllr Duggan 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, Katy Duggan.

As the Council meeting was held via video link the usual formal civic ceremony of the passing of chains was assisted by the respective consorts within their households. The Council is hoping to have an in-person civic celebration to welcome Cllr Duggan when it will be safer to do so.