Chairman of the Council

Chairman - Cllr Lesley Butcher and Vice Chairman Cllr David MerrickChairman of the Council

The Chairman of the Council is the ‘First Citizen’ of the Rochford district.

As well as presiding over Council meetings and attending local events on behalf of Rochford District Council, the Chairman represents the district at functions organised by neighbouring civic heads and other organisations which may benefit the district and its residents.

The Chairman of Rochford District Council for the period May 2018-May 2019 is Councillor David Merrick

Currently a District Councillor for the Trinity Ward, Councillor Merrick has been a member of Rochford District Council since 2004 and served as Vice Chairman of the Council during the 2017/18 Civic Year. Councillor Merrick has lived in the district for more than 40 years, currently residing in Rayleigh, and has two children and six grandchildren ranging from ages one to 19.

Councillor Merrick will be supported during his civic year by Wheatley Ward member Councillor Robin Dray, who has been appointed as Vice Chairman of the Council for the same period.

Inviting the Chairman to your event

If you would like to invite the Chairman to your local event, please complete a Chairman’s Engagement Form – available opposite in Related Content.

If you require further information or have any queries please contact the Civic Officer by email at: