Chairman Of The Council

Madelaine Richardson

The civic head is the Chairman of the Council who was elected at the Council's Annual General Meeting and will hold office for one year.

This year's Chairman is Councillor Madelaine Richardson

This year's Vice-Chairman is Councillor David Challinor


I was born in Shireoaks and moved to Manton at two years old.  My father was employed at Manton Colliery as a Deputy.

I attended the local schools and my first employment was as a cadet nurse at the former Victoria Hospital in Worksop.  I later left this employment to become a Residential Child Care Officer for Nottinghamshire County Council.

I have three children and four grandchildren.  My husband was a member of the Royal Air Force for twenty two years and as a family we travelled to many countries and places in the U.K.

I returned to Worksop in 2003 and attended the University of Lincoln gaining a B.A.(Hons) and M.A. Fine Art degree.  Whilst studying for my M.A., I was employed by Boston College in Lincolnshire as a lecturer in Art and Design, attaining a Post graduate Certificate in Education.

On retiring from this post I became involved with Bassetlaw District Council and was elected as District Councillor for Worksop North East in 2014. 

Invitations to the Chairman

The Chairman, or the Vice-Chairman, will attend most events within the District, time permitting.

The Chairman welcomes invitations to attend events in the District. The Chairman likes to be well briefed about any function to be attended, therefore it is best that you provide as much information as possible.


  1. Within the District, the Chairman has precedence, subject to Her Majesty’s Royal prerogative.
  2. This means that when attending functions in the District, the Chairman is the most important guest, except when Members of the Royal Family or the Lord Lieutenant are present.
  3. There is one exception to this rule. If the event is taking place within a County Council establishment, the Chairman of the County Council takes precedence over the Chairman of the District Council.
  4. When the Vice-Chairman of the Council is deputising for the Chairman, the same precedence rule applies.

Chairman's Arrival

The Chairman of the Council should be met and officially welcomed at a function by a responsible person and escorted to their correct position. The Chairman should, of course, always sit on the right hand side of the host as the appropriate place of honour. The Chairman’s Escort should be placed immediately to the left of the Chairman at a meeting or dinner.


If the Chairman is required to make a speech or reply to a toast, it would be greatly appreciated if as much information as possible could be submitted in advance of the event, such as information about the body organising the event and any words of welcome and thanks which should be included.