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Yorkshire Coast Councillor to Chair North Yorkshire Council

Cayton Councillor, Roberta Swiers, has been elected to the position of Chair of North Yorkshire Council.

Councillor Swiers was elected at the council's AGM this morning and will act as the council's Chair for the next 12 months.

Councillor Swiers told the chamber that being named as Chair is a real honour.

Councillor Swiers has become the second chair of North Yorkshire Council after members voted her into the role during the authority’s annual general meeting today (May 15).

She has succeeded Cllr David Ireton, who has stood down from the position, and will hold the role for the next 12 months. Cllr George Jabbour was appointed as the council’s vice-chair.

Councillor Swiers took the Chair's oath at today's meeting.

The new chair expressed a hope that cross party working will help to take forward the council's aspirations, Councillor Swiers also expressed a desire to continue building closer relationships with parish and town councils.

Cllr Swiers was elected as a member of the former North Yorkshire County Council in May 2017.

She then won the seat for the Cayton division in local elections which were held in May 2022 ahead of North Yorkshire Council’s launch in April last year.

Cllr Swiers has held a wide range of posts during her time as a councillor and has sat on the care and independence and housing overview and scrutiny committee, the general licensing and registration committee and the planning and regulatory functions committee.

She has also been a member of the Scarborough and Whitby area constituency committee, the statutory licensing committee and the strategic planning committee.

Cllr Swiers, who was a self-employed driving instructor for 40 years before retiring two years ago, has been appointed to outside bodies including the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust’s council of governors, the Scarborough and district branch of Citizens Advice and the Scarborough United Scholarships Foundation with the John Kendal Trust.

She has two sons and two granddaughters, who both work in the NHS as a paramedic and a passenger ambulance driver.

Cllr Ireton was the first chair of North Yorkshire Council, which was created when the county council and seven district and borough councils merged to create a new unitary authority.

He had served as the interim chair of the county council following the death of his predecessor, Cllr Margaret Atkinson, in November 2022, before becoming the chair of the new authority in April last year.

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