The chair is elected by the council annually. The chair presides over all council meetings and also represents the district at social, charitable and civic functions.

At annual council held on 19 May 2021, Councillor Margaret Marks was elected as Chair and Councillor Mike Chester as the Vice-Chair for 2021-2022.

Freedoms and Aldermen

Freedoms and Aldermen status granted by Forest Heath District Council or St Edmundsbury Borough Council were transferred to the West Suffolk Council on 1 April 2019. Forest Heath awarded Freedom of the District to Nigel Roman on 20 March 2019. For a list of those who were awarded Freedom status or Alderman status by St Edmundsbury Borough Council, and its predecessor councils download: Admissions to the Honorary Freedom of West Suffolk subsequent to the Honorary Freedom of the Boroughs Act, 1885 and Section 249 of the Local Government Act, 1972