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The Chairman of the Council has both a Civic and a Council role. This includes representing the whole Council during his/her term.

The Chairman of the Council for 2016 - 2017 is Cllr John Lee

What does the Chairman of the Council do?

The Chairman of the Council has both a Civic and a Council role. This includes representing the whole Council during his/her term of office:

  • Promoting public involvement in the Council’s activities
  • Being an ambassador for the District, attending civic and ceremonial functions as the district’s first citizen
  • Acting as a link between the Council and various groups and organisations
  • Presiding over meetings of the Council so that its business can be undertaken efficiently and with regard to the rights of councillors and the interests of the community
  • Upholding and promoting the Council’s Constitution and interpreting rules of procedure at meetings of Full Council
  • Ensuring that the Council meeting is a forum for the debate of matters of relevance and concern to the local community
  • Calling meetings of the Full Council in addition to ordinary meetings
  • Attending meetings of the Cabinet and other Committees as appropriate
  • Receiving recommendations from the Cabinet and Scrutiny Committee
  • The Chairman has a casting vote in all decisions taken by the Council and this is exercised in the event of a tie at a Council meeting.

How is the Chairman appointed?

The Chairman is elected by District Councillors at the Full Council in May each year. The Vice-Chairman is appointed at the same meeting.

Who can be Chairman?

Any elected Member of the Council is eligible for appointment to the office of Chairman unless s/he is a Member of the Cabinet.

Who is the Chairman?

The Chairman is Cllr John Lee.
 
Cllr John Lee is the chairman of North Norfolk District Council. He comes from one of the best-known fishing families on the North Norfolk Coast. He began life as a Cromer crabber in 1979 and still sets out to sea at first light every morning during the season to empty and re-bait his crab pots.

His family’s crab shop, which opened in 1957 in Cromer, continues to thrive today with the help of his adult son and daughters. Born in West Runton John is standing on the shoulders of seven generations of Cromer fishermen - including well-known local heroes lifeboatmen Henry Blogg and Shrimp Davies - John understands North Norfolk, its communities and its ways of life.

In 2004 he decided to use that understanding to represent his local community as a Cromer Town Councillor, serving for seven years before standing and being elected as a District Councillor. As a valued member of North Norfolk District Council, John served on the Cabinet for four years and was Chair of the Big Society Fund. John has said he never imagined he would be appointed NNDC Chairman and is proud to hold the position.

In his new role he hopes to have the opportunity to highlight more widely the importance of the fishing industry to our District, and has chosen the Fisherman’s Mission as one of his focus charities for his year’s tenure. John’s second charity, Cromer Youth Football Club, has been very close to his heart for more than 10 years John is married to Donna and has three adult children and three grandchildren.

Who is the Vice-Chairman?

The Vice-Chairman is Cllr Richard Shepherd

You can see a list of past Chairman and Vice-Chairman of North Norfolk District Council