The Chairman of the council

New Chairman Barbara Johnson and vice chairman Stephen Bilbie

Cllr Johnson & Cllr Bilbie
Photo: Andrew Carpenter

Current Chairman of the council - Councillor Barbara Johnson.

Current Vice-Chairman of the council - Councillor Stephen Bilbie.


The Chairman of the council is elected by councillors in May each year. The role is ceremonial and has no decision-making responsibilities – it is not the same as the role of an elected mayor, which exists in some parts of the UK.

The Chairman is the First Citizen and represents the council at civic functions and at local events around the district.

The office will review and respond to invitations and make all the necessary arrangements for the Chairman to attend and help with any advice and guidance.