Chairman Of The Council

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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 David Challinor

This year's Vice-Chairman is Councillor Deborah Merryweather


I was first elected as a Ward Councillor for Harworth in 2003 and have been proud to represent the ward and work for the people of Harworth and Bircotes ever since.

Over the years, I have helped support local community groups, including the Brownie and Guide movements and the junior and senior football teams. I have also helped to set up an archery club, but the most prolific thing that I helped to achieve in the community was to bring back a state of the art Boxing centre by helping to raise £85,000.  We now have five County champions with many more on the way.

I was also involved in helping to raise money for the miner’s memorial stained glass window at All Saints Church, Harworth. At the service of dedication, there was no one more proud to be present. This was because I worked at Harworth Colliery for twenty-eight years. Starting in 1979 as an apprentice Blacksmith/Platter Welder and completing a five-year apprenticeship, gaining my City & Guilds full craftsmens certificate.

I was elected onto the union in 1992 and held the position of branch delegate for 14 years. I was elected to Notts Vice President from 1996 to 2001 and I have served on the Midland Miners Fatal Accident Society for twenty-five years.  I have held the position of Vice President for the last four years, helping the widows of former mine workers with claims for industrial diseases.

Sometimes there is not enough hours in the day.  However, I am proud of what I do and the people I represent.

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.