Chairman of the Council

The Chairman and Vice-Chairman represent the Council at local community events and outside functions and are civic roles. Both are appointed for a year at the Annual Meeting of the Council in May.

If you would like to invite the Chairman of the Council to attend a local event, for example to open a fete, make a speech or as a guest, please contact the Chairman's Secretary. Once she has confirmed availability you will need to complete a Chairman's form.

Chairman for 2017-2018

Our new Chairman is Councillor Gill Black, while the Vice-Chairman, is Councillor David Cooley who represents the Warlingham West Ward.

Councillor Black has lived in the district for 29 years and has represented the Bletchingley & Nutfield Ward since 2007. She has been the Chairman of the Planning Committee since 2010 and has also served on the Community Services, Overview & Scrutiny and Planning Policy Committees.

Her chosen charity for the year is the Bletchingley Skills Centre, a charity founded in 1989 with the goal of providing adult education classes for disabled and non-disabled people. Courses offered include numeracy, literacy, cookery, crafts and exercise. The courses help students become more independent and learn skills to enable them to seek employment. There are currently 70 students attending courses each week.

The Chairman, who is married with four sons, will be supported by her husband Jeff, who will be her Consort.