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 2019-2020
Remaining as Chairman is Councillor Jeremy Pursehouse, and the Vice-Chairman is Councillor Simon Morrow who represents the Warlingham East, Chelsham and Farleigh Ward.
Councillor Pursehouse has lived in Warlingham for 38 years and represented Warlingham East Ward from 1988 to 2000, which later became Warlingham East, Chelsham & Farleigh Ward, which he represented from 2000 to 2008 and since 2012. He was an Honorary Alderman from 2008-2012.
He has served on a number of council committees and has been Chairman of Planning, Resources and Overview & Scrutiny, as well as Vice-Chairman of Housing. He is also a Warlingham Parish Councillor.
Councillor Pursehouse is closely involved in many of the main events in Warlingham and is part of the Warlingham Christmas Lights Committee, Warlingham Events Committee, as well as Chairman of Warlingham Fair, Commodore of Warlingham Yacht Club and Chairman of Warlingham Village Hall Management Committee.
His chosen charities for the year are:
- Warlingham based Valgrays Rescue, which was established in 1978, helps rescue mistreated dogs and, where possible rehomes them. The charity also helps horses and sometimes re-unites animals with their owners. During normal summers, its stalls, dog shows and dog agility team are famous at local shows and fairs.
- Chaldon Animal Sanctuary is a home for life, a permanent sanctuary for cats and dogs with behavioural problems. Life-long care is provided for animals abused, mistreated, rescued from cruelty or pets due to put down who have run out of other chances. Run in three acres of land, it is a non-profitmaking, non-breeding sanctuary with a no euthanasia policy.
- Scouts in Tandridge, which aim to build and develop young people’s confidence, sense of adventure and outdoor skills, as well as encouraging them to explore their beliefs and attitudes and be creative. It offers them the independence to put these skills into practice at camps and even on international trips.
The Chairman has been married for 38 years and has four grown up children. During his year he will be supported by his wife Wendy who will be his Consort.