The Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council is Councillor John Whittle and he will be accompanied on civic engagements by Mrs. Jane Whittle.
Councillor Whittle, who has served as Vice Chairman for the last year, has been an independent councillor for North Holderness since his election to East Riding of Yorkshire Council in 2007.
Since his election, Councillor Whittle has been a member of strategic planning committee for the last 15 years and also sits on the children and young people overview and scrutiny committee.
Before his election to East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Councillor Whittle had been a member of Holderness Borough Council and has sat on Hornsea Town Council since the early 1980s and has served as their mayor on seven occasions, including in 1987 when, at the age of 31, he was their youngest elected mayor at that time.
Councillor Whittle was born in Middlesbrough but had family links to Hornsea and it was while he was a student at Bishop Grosseteste College in Lincoln that he would spend his holidays working at the famous Hornsea Pottery where among the jobs he undertook was driving the miniature bus before moving into full time employment, culminating in a sales role.
After taking care of his father’s small printing business, Councillor Whittle moved into the hospitality industry and along with his wife, Jane, owned the Swiss Cottage restaurant in Hornsea for a number of years before leaving the venue to focus on his role as a ward councillor.
Looking ahead to his year in office, Councillor Whittle said: “It is a great honour to be elected as the chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council and I’m very much looking forward to the year ahead.
Councillor Whittle has three step-daughters, six grandchildren as well as a number of great-grandchildren and is also a well-known figure in Hornsea’s amateur dramatic and operatic scene.
The Chairman’s charity appeal for the civic year is Hornsea District Lions Club (external website)
Chairman of the Council - Councillor John Whittle
The Vice Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to be appointed.
A list of past chairmen of East Riding of Yorkshire Council can be viewed below:
Past Chairmen of the Council (pdf 284kb)