Chair and Vice-Chair of Central Bedfordshire Council

Chair - Councillor Gareth Mackey

Councillor Gareth Mackey - Chair of Central Bedfordshire Council

On Thursday 25 May, Councillor Gareth Mackey was appointed as Chair of Central Bedfordshire Council. 

Councillor Mackey represents Flitwick and has been an Independent Member of the Council since May 2019. Councillor Mackey was first elected to Flitwick Town Council in 2011 and has been the town’s mayor three times.

Since March 2022, Councillor Mackey has also served on the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Panel.

As well as presiding over Full Council meetings Councillor Mackey will represent the Council on civic visits, at ceremonial events, and will raise funds and awareness for his chosen charities.

The Chair’s role

The Chair is elected by the Council.

He/she chairs the full Council meetings, interprets the Council’s Constitution and ensures the business of the Council is conducted efficiently and effectively, enabling all councillors’ equal opportunities to speak and to question the Executive Members and those who hold Committee chairmanships. He/she also promotes public involvement in the Council’s activities.

On the civic/ceremonial side of the role, he/she attends civic and ceremonial events representing the council and promoting and explaining the Council’s work. The Chairman is an ambassador for the Council.

Contact the Chairman

Telephone: 0300 300 8562