Selby District Council has appointed Cllr Donald MacKay as the new Chairman and Cllr John Duggan as the new Vice Chairman at the Annual Council meeting held on Tuesday 14 May.
Each year the Council chairman supports multiple local charities. Throughout his term as chairman Cllr David Buckle raised over £22,250 which is the highest amount raised by any Chairman of the Council.
Cllr Buckle’s chosen charities - Save the Children and Peter Pan Nursery in Sherburn - will both receive £10,000 each and the remaining funds will be to given to the Selby Abbey, which celebrates its 950th anniversary this year.
Cllr Buckle was praised at Full Council by his fellow councillors for his hard work over the last 12 months.
Cllr MacKay will be raising funds for St Leonard's Hospice at Home and Dementia Forward during his year in office.
Cllr MacKay commented ‘To have the opportunity to wear the chains of office is a true honour. I’m looking forward to my year in office and using my time to offer support to my chosen charities. Using this platform will allow me to work with the community and help raise the profile of the council.’
The role of Council chairman is largely ceremonial, with the post-holder stepping back from day-today political work. The chairman’s role is to also remain impartial when making decision for the council.
Cllr MacKay 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 Patricia MacKay.