Our current Chair of Council is Councillor Sanjay Shambhu. The Vice Chair is Councillor Judy Adams.

The Chair is elected annually by our councillors and is a non-political role. The role of the chair is to lead official council meetings and represent the council at events.

Both Councillor Sanjay Shambhu and Councillor Judy Adams are involved in many local activities within South Gloucestershire.

They attend events such as official openings of new buildings, launching new projects, award ceremonies, local festivals, concerts, church services, schools and elderly persons homes.

Both the Chair and Vice Chair attend monthly citizenship ceremonies at Kingswood Civic Centre.

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Charity work

Each year the new Chair of Council chooses to raise funds for a charity that supports residents within South Gloucestershire. Donations received during the year are presented to the charity at the annual council meeting.

Councillor Sanjay Shambhu has chosen to support SSAFA the Armed Forces charity during his year in office.

Chair's community awards

The Chair’s annual community awards recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution local unpaid volunteers make to life in South Gloucestershire.

You can see the winners of the individual and community group awards on our Chair’s community awards page.

Events to be attended by the Chair of Council

Wednesday 18 January 2023: Chair’s community awards

Contact the Chair of Council

To contact the Chair of Council you can:
email: chairofcouncil@southglos.gov.uk
phone: 01454 863019
write to: Chair of Council, PO Box 1953, Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol. BS37 0DE

Previous Chairs of Council

1995/96 – Cllr Eddie Gadsby

1996/97 – Cllr Les Bishop

1997/98 – Cllr Sue Hope

Councillor Sue Hope

1998/99 – Cllr Rudi Springer

1999/20 and 2000/01 – Cllr Arthur Adams

2001/02 – Cllr Alan Bracey

2002/03 – Cllr Jeanette Ward

2003/04 – Cllr Sue Walker

Councillor Sue Walker

2004/05 – Cllr June Lovell

2005/06 – Cllr Alan Lawrance

2006/07 – Cllr Jim Cullimore

2007/08 – Cllr Sandra O’Neill

2008/09 – Cllr Brian Freeguard

2009/10 – Cllr Shirley Holloway

Councillor Shirley Holloway

2010/11 – Cllr Janet Biggin

Councillor Janet Biggin

2011/12 – Cllr Mike Drew

Councillor Mike Drew

2012/13 – Cllr Janet Biggin

2013/14 – Cllr Ian Boulton

Councillor Ian Boulton

2014/15 – Cllr Howard Gawler

Councillor Howard Gawler

2015/16 and 2016/17 – Cllr Erica Williams

Councillor Erica Williams

2017/18 – Cllr Ian Blair

Councillor Ian Blair

2018/19 – Cllr Rachael Hunt

Councillor Rachael Hunt

2019/20 – Cllr Brian Allinson

Councillor Brian Allinson

2020/21 – Cllr June Bamford

Councillor June Bamford

2021/22 – Cllr Ruth Davis

Councillor Ruth Davis

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