Chairman of Forest Heath District Council

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

The chairman for the civic year (May 2017 - May 2018) is Councillor Brian Harvey and the Vice-Chairman is Councillor Chris Barker

Mayor of St Edmundsbury Borough

Areas are broadly designated boroughs or districts. A borough has usually been granted the title historically by royal authority, boroughs will have a mayor. There are two types of mayor:

  • a ceremonial mayor - who chairs council meetings but cannot make decisions about council business, they also represent the borough at official events
  • an elected mayor - who has been elected by the public and has the power to make decisions (such as in London)

St Edmundsbury has a ceremonial mayor, Councillor Margaret Marks, and deputy mayor, Councillor Patrick Chung

You can view the civic events calendar for occasions that the mayor or deputy will be attending.

You can also view a list of previous Mayors of St Edmundsbury

You can view admissions to the Freedom of the Borough

Freedom of the Borough Protocol

Nomination form for Freedom of the Borough

Chairman of West Suffolk Shadow Council

The Chairman and Vice-Chairman were appointed at the first meeting of the Shadow Council on 30 May 2018 and will hold office until immediately after the election of a Chairman and Vice Chairman at the Annual Meeting of the West Suffolk Council in 2019.

The Chairman for the entire duration of the West Suffolk Shadow Council is Councillor Sarah Stamp and the Vice-Chairman is Councillor Brian Harvey.

The Chairman (or in their absence, the Vice-Chairman) chairs meetings of the Shadow Council in accordance with the Shadow Constitution, so that its business can be carried out efficiently and with regard to the rights of councillors and the interests of the community.

The Chairman of the Shadow Council will not undertake a civic and ceremonial role. This role is discharged by the Chairman of Forest Heath District Council and the Mayor of St Edmundsbury Borough Council across the West Suffolk area.