'I'll be an ambassador to promote the fantastic area we live in'

Cllr Margaret Chadwick
Cllr Margaret Chadwick

Bridlington councillor Margaret Chadwick has been elected as the new chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

She has represented Bridlington South ward for 15 years and has already had a taste of what her year as chairman will entail as she was the chairman’s lady when her husband Chad was chairman of the authority in 2012/13.

They are the first husband and wife to have held the position of chairman.

Cllr Chadwick said: “I’m looking forward to the year ahead and my aim is to visit as many areas of the East Riding as possible and to meet as many people, communities and organisations as I can.

“I’m not just the chairman of the East Riding but an ambassador to promote the fantastic area we live in.”

Born and raised in Driffield, she started her working life as a dental nurse before working for a local optician.

She took a change of direction in her career and became manager in the sales and administration department at Satra Motors at Carnaby, which imported Lada cars.

It was here she met her husband, Chad and they have a son and daughter, as well as five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

In 1987, Cllr Chadwick was elected to represent the Bridlington South ward on the former East Yorkshire Borough Council and in 1995/96 was elected mayor and also made an honorary alderman of the borough.

She also served on the newly-formed Bridlington Town Council between 2000 and 2007.

Her chosen charity for her year in office will be the Bridlington branch of Marie Curie.

Cllr Pat Smith, who is ward councillor for Dale, has been elected vice chairman of the council.