Information about the chairman's role, the difference between the chairman and the leader, who the current chairman and vice chairman are, do they wear a chain, inviting the chairman to your event, how the invitation will be dealt with, what happens on the day of an event, how to verbally address the chairman, order of civic dignitaries, what the chairman's awards are, what the commendation awards are and how to nominate someone for the awards.
The Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council is Councillor John Dennis and he will be accompanied on civic engagements by his Lady, Mrs Jennifer Dennis:
Photograph of Chairman and Consort (pdf 224kb opens in new window)
The Vice Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council is Councillor Caroline Fox and she will be accompanied on civic engagements by her son as Consort, Mr Robert Fox.
Photograph of Vice Chairman and Consort (pdf 221kb opens in new window)
A list of past chairmen of East Riding of Yorkshire Council can be viewed below:
Past Chairmen of the Council (pdf 85kb opens in new window)
Since its creation in 1996, East Riding of Yorkshire Council took the decision not to call their Civic Head a Mayor but decided upon the title of Chairman and, in that capacity, it is their duty to represent and promote East Riding of Yorkshire Council at all civic and ceremonial events as well as chairing council meetings.
The Chairman attends a variety of events and functions within the East Riding of Yorkshire organised by businesses, churches, local organisations, parish and town councils and many other organisations throughout the county and further afield if there is an East Riding connection. The Chairman also attends events which are organised by council departments, such as opening of community homes, schools, youth clubs and museum exhibitions to name but a few.
The position of Chairman is held by a councillor who is appointed at the council's annual general meeting held in May. The position is held for a period of one year and is apolitical.
During their civic year, the Chairman may also choose to raise money for charity through fundraising events.
A Vice Chairman is also appointed to represent the Chairman should they be unable to attend an event.
If you wish to invite the Chairman of the Council to attend your event please complete a Request a visit form (opens in a new window).
Alternatively please contact the Civic Office by the following means:
Civic Office, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Cross Street, Beverley HU17 9BA
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: (01482) 393260
Please do not contact the Chairman directly or send correspondence to their home. All communication must be done through the Civic Office.
When inviting the Chairman, please give some thought to what you wish to achieve by having the Chairman at your function and what you would like the Chairman to do. This may include making a presentation, receiving a cheque, reading a lesson, making a speech or drawing a raffle.
It would be useful if you could provide some background information about your organisation and the event, this is especially important if you wish the Chairman to make a speech.
Please also bear in mind that the Chairman often has several civic engagements throughout the day and will need to leave your event on time in order to maintain their schedule.
All invitations received will be discussed with the Chairman and a decision made depending upon the civic diary. If the Chairman is available to attend your event an acceptance letter or email will be sent to the named organiser together with an attendance form and guidance on the protocol to be observed. The attendance form must be completed and returned to the civic office to arrive prior to the date of the event.
In the event that the Chairman is unable to attend, the invitation will be passed onto the Vice Chairman for consideration and the appropriate response sent.
When introducing it should be 'Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Councillor …' or referring to the Chairman in a speech of any description, they should be addressed as 'Chairman of the council'. If speaking on a one to one basis, the correct form of address is 'Mr. Chairman', if a gentleman, or 'Madam Chairman', if a lady.
If making a speech and the Lord-Lieutenant is in attendance and other visiting dignitaries whether Lord Mayors or Town Mayors, the order in which they should be addressed at the beginning of a speech is 'Lord-Lieutenant, High Sheriff, Chairman, Distinguished Guest, Ladies and Gentlemen'.
Further advice or clarification on protocol can be sought from the Civic Office.
The Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire (which for ceremonial purposes includes the East Riding of Yorkshire and the City of Kingston upon Hull) is The Queen's representative and, if attending the event, takes precedence over all local dignitaries. If not in attendance, the Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council has precedence within the East Riding of Yorkshire over all visiting dignitaries including Lord Mayors and Town Mayors but not the High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire if they are present.
Therefore, the order of precedence should be Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, visiting Lord Mayors, Mayors and Town Mayors.
The Chairman's Charity Appeal for 2016/17 will be supporting the following organisation:
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
Yorkshire Air Ambulance (external website opens in new window)
Any donations would be gratefully received. Cheques should be made payable to ‘ERYC Chairman’s Charity Appeal’ and sent to:
The Civic Office, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Beverley, HU17 9BA,
When attending at official events, the Chairman wears a chain and badge of office which belonged to the former Humberside County Council. The chain was designed by local designer, Miss Jacqueline Stieger, who collected the stones from along the East Coast but mostly from the beach at Hornsea. The stones vary in size and shape and it is said that the links which do not house a stone represent the lost towns and villages of the East Riding and its coast. The Chairman's badge of office has the council’s coat of arms within the centre.
To fact sheet below provides more information on the Chairman's chain and the badge of office:
Fact sheet on the Chairman's chain and badge of office (pdf 340kb opens in new window)
The Chairman's Awards are presented annually by the council to individuals, companies and organisations with the East Riding of Yorkshire in recognition of their achievements towards enhancing the area in which they work and live.
Anyone can forward nominations for the following categories:
Find out more on how to nominate someone for an award.
A list of past winners of the Chairman's Awards can be viewed below:
Past winners (pdf 50kb opens in new window)
To nominate someone for a Chairman's award, you must complete an official nomination form and send this, along with with supporting papers, to the civic office or email them to email@example.com:
Applications for nominations closed on 31 January.
To make a nomination complete a nomination form online:
Nominate someone for a Chairman's award online
or download and complete the relevant nomination form below:
Built Heritage Award Nomination Form (word 341kb opens in new window)
Business Award Nomination Form (word 327kb opens in new window)
Community Award Nomination Form (word 307kb opens in new window)
Environment Award Nomination Form (word 318kb opens in new window)
Sports Award Nomination Form (word 312kb opens in new window)
The Chairman is the civic representative of the council and has no formal power on decision making except to chair council meetings where they must:
The Leader is the political representative of the council and appoints the members of the Cabinet, this is the group of councillors who are responsible for taking many of the decisions about how the council’s services are delivered.