Chairman of the Council
The Chairman of
Dover District Council is the First Citizen in the District of
Dover, Deal and Sandwich and takes precedence over all others
including the Town Mayors, but excluding royalty and Her
Majesty’s deputy, the Lord Lieutenant of Kent. The Chairman
is elected annually by fellow Councillors.
The Chairman chairs
meetings of full Council, hosts civic events, receives official
visitors, represents the District at ceremonial occasions and
attends a wide range of events and presentations.
- The Chairman
always has precedence in Dover District except in the presence of
Her Majesty the Queen or Her representative.
- The Chairman and
His Lady/Her Escort should be met immediately upon arrival by a
responsible person who should escort them to meet their host.
- Unless the
Chairman of the Council occupies the Chair, he/she should be seated
on the immediate right of his host/Chairman (assuming Royalty or
the Lord Lieutenant of Kent is not present).
- If the Chairman is
to be asked to speak at any dinner or similar function, it will be
appreciated if his/her toast or reply could appear early on the
toast list and any background information should be sent to the
Chairman’s Office in advance.
- During any
speeches, the presence of the Chairman of the District Council
should be acknowledged first: e.g. Chairman of the District
Council, Town Mayor, others (assuming a Royal visitor or the Lord
Lieutenant of Kent is not present).
- Precedence should
be noted when asking the Chairman and other guests to perform
duties, e.g. laying of wreaths.
- Except in cases
where the Chairman and His Lady/Her Escort are asked to take part
in the reception, the time given should be such as to ensure their
arrival five minutes only before commencement of the dinner or
other function. This arrangement will avoid unnecessary waiting on
their part on their arrival, and will permit them to proceed
without delay with the Chairman/their host direct to the place
reserved for them.
- As appropriate to
the function, a copy of the toast list or agenda showing the order
of proceedings should be forwarded to the Chairman’s
Secretary as soon as possible and no later than five days before
- The Chairman will
be accompanied by a Chauffeur/Attendant and he should be advised of
parking facilities and of the anticipated time the event will
When deputising for
the Chairman of the Council, the Vice-Chairman is to be accorded
the same precedence as would be given to the Chairman.
Inviting the Chairman
of the Council to an Event
c/o The Chairman's Secretary
Dover District Council
White Cliffs Business Park
Post is held by