Chairman and Vice Chairman

The Chairman and Vice Chairman are elected by councillors at the council's annual general meeting (AGM). They serve in the role for 1 year.

The Chairman has several duties, such as leading full council meetings and acting as the official representative of Buckinghamshire Council on civic and ceremonial occasions and events.

Read the full list of Chairman’s responsibilities in our constitution.

Chairman Zahir Mohammed

Councillor Zahir Mohammed served as a Buckinghamshire County Councillor for 12 years from 2005 to 2017, taking on several senior posts. He was Chairman of the Regulatory and Audit Committee and Cabinet Member for Education and Skills (2015 to 2017) looking after 233 primary and secondary schools, nursery provision, early years provision, post 16 education and adult learning in the county.

The Chairman has set out two main aims.

  1. Supporting mental health work throughout the county following the Covid pandemic. Residents have had huge challenges with mental health, and the Chairman wants to be out there to support mental health work whether in schools, social care settings, armed forces, NHS, charitable and the voluntary sector.
  2. 2021 marks the first-year anniversary of Buckinghamshire Council and events were curtailed in 2020 due to Covid. With Covid restrictions easing, the Chairman would like to mark this occasion with a special reception and any activities surrounding the anniversary.

Learn more about Councillor Zahir Mohammed.

Vice Chairman Dev Dhillon

Councillor Dev Dhillon is the current Vice Chairman and supports the Chairman in carrying out his duties. He is the Member for Farnham Common & Burnham Beeches.

Learn more about Councillor Dev Dhillon.

Contact the Chairman's Office

To contact the Chairman or Vice Chairman about attending an event or organising a visit, please get in touch with the Chairman’s Office.

  • Contact: Rachel Mozley, Chairman’s Office, Buckinghamshire Council
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 01494 421951

Civic & Events Protocol

When arranging any event, please contact the Chairman's office as soon as possible. We can then advise you if the Chairman can attend the event.

The Chairman represents Buckinghamshire Council as the first citizen for civic and ceremonial events, and, they should take precedence over representatives from parish and town councils. Only Her Majesty The Queen, any members of the Royal Family or HM Lord-Lieutenant, and the High Sheriff take precedence over the Council’s Chairman at events.

The Council follow the principles for civic and ceremonial events as set out in the National Association of Civic Officers Handbook for Civic and Ceremonial Matters. Specific reference to events such as Battle of Britain and Remembrance Sunday, can be found in chapter 7 of the handbook.

Buckinghamshire Council was established on 1 April 2020. Part 2, section 3 (3) of the Structural Changes Order 2019 sets out the legal status of the Council, confirming the relationship with the provisions as set out in the Civic and Ceremonial Handbook for civic and ceremonial events and the Local Government Act 1972.