Chair of Council
Our Chair of Council is Councillor Mike Drew. The Vice Chair is Councillor Franklin Owusu-Antwi.
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.
The Chair and Vice Chair perform important ambassadorial roles, including representing the council at civic functions and chairing council meetings.
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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Each year the new Chair selects a charity to support for the year ahead, with donations received during that time presented at the end of the Chair’s term of office.
Councillor Mike Drew has chosen to support the Motor Neurone Disease Association for the Bristol and Bath area.
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
Previous Chairs of Council
1995/96 – Councillor Eddie Gadsby
1996/97 – Councillor Les Bishop
1997/98 – Councillor Sue Hope
1998/99 – Councillor Rudi Springer
1999/20 and 2000/01 Councillor Arthur Adams
2001/02 – Councillor Alan Bracey
2002/03 – Councillor Jeanette Ward
2003/04 – Councillor Sue Walker
2004/05 – Councillor June Lovell
2005/06 – Councillor Alan Lawrance
2006/07 – Councillor Jim Cullimore
2007/08 – Councillor Sandra O’Neill
2008/09 – Councillor Brian Freeguard
2009/10 – Councillor Shirley Holloway
2010/11 – Councillor Janet Biggin
2011/12 – Councillor Mike Drew
2012/13 – Councillor Janet Biggin
2013/14 – Councillor Ian Boulton
2014/15 – Councillor Howard Gawler
2015/16 and 2016/17 – Councillor Erica Williams
2017/18 – Councillor Ian Blair
2018/19 – Councillor Rachael Hunt
2019/20 – Councillor Brian Allinson
2020/21 – Councillor June Bamford
2021/22 – Councillor Ruth Davis
2022/23 – Councillor Sanjay Shambhu