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 Patricia Birchley

Tricia has lived in the Chilterns most of her adult life and is determined to keep Buckinghamshire a beautiful and successful county. She has been the Councillor for Chiltern Ridges for 18 years and served as the Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing. As Chairman of the Bucks Health & Wellbeing Board, she was responsible for making the right decisions to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in the County.

Tricia has served as Chairman of the Children & Education Select Committee, Rights of Way, Chesham & Villages Community Board and was Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council in 2017/18. Tricia is a keen sportswoman, a member of the Arts Society and has been a school governor for 11 years.

During her year as Chairman of Buckinghamshire Council, Tricia looks forward to representing the County, supporting local voluntary organisations and has chosen Scannappeal and Medical Detection Dogs as her charities.

Learn more about Councillor Patricia Birchley.

Chairman's Award

The Chairman’s Award is the highest honour the Chairman can give to individuals and organisations in recognition of their outstanding or exceptional contribution to the social, economic, or environmental wellbeing of Buckinghamshire.

Find out more and make a nomination.

Vice Chairman Mimi Harker OBE

Councillor Mimi Harker is the current Vice Chairman and supports the Chairman in carrying out their duties. She is the Member for Great Missenden.

Learn more about Councillor Mimi Harker.

Contact the Chairman's Office

To contact the Chairman or Vice Chairman about attending an event or organising a visit, contact 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 His Majesty The King, 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.