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 Dev Dhillon

Dev has served as a councillor in Buckinghamshire for more than 30 years and is currently the Member for Farnham Common and Burnham Beeches.

He is retired having spent more than 40 years working for British Airways. He now spends his time working hard in his role as Chairman and as local councillor in his community, as well as being with his family.

Dev’s chosen charity for his year in office is Macmillan Cancer Support. He’s an active supporter of their important work and is passionate about the incredible job Macmillan nurses do – it’s a cause very close to his heart given so many lives are touched and impacted by cancer.

Dev is most looking forward to being able to meet and work with communities on a local level during his year as Chairman. He says meeting and hearing from local people is one of the most rewarding aspects of his role.

Learn more about Councillor Dev Dhillon.

Vice Chairman Patricia Birchley

Councillor Patricia Birchley is the current Vice Chairman and supports the Chairman in carrying out his duties. She is the Member for Chiltern Ridges.

Learn more about Councillor Patricia Birchley.

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 421 951

Civic and events protocol

If you're arranging an event you should contact the Chairman's office as soon as possible. We can then advise you if the Chairman can attend.

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

We 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.