Independent councillor Graham Elliott, who represents the Lathkill and Bradford ward on the District Council, said:
"This is a service that is often overlooked and I hope we can do them justice during my year as Civic Chair."A Just Giving page to support Councillor Elliott's nominated charity has been created at
Councillor Elliott, who sits on the District Council's licensing and planning committees, succeeds Councillor Steve Wain as Civic Chairman. He will wear the ceremonial chain of office at official engagements throughout the coming year, representing the District Council at more than 50 functions as well as organising special fund-raising events for his nominated charity.
"The RNLI has more than 35,000 members, 95% of whom are volunteers and come from all walks of life. Through its lifeboats and crews this voluntary emergency rescue and search service is on call 365 days a year, 24 hours a day to assist those in trouble in our unpredictable coastal waters.
"This service is augmented by Lifeguards patrolling more than 200 of our most popular beaches in the seasonal months. They also have specially trained flood rescue teams to assist other agencies and authorities at times of inland flooding if invited.
"The RNLI can only continue to offer these extensive and vital services by way of the continuing kindness and generosity of those within our community."At the District Council's recent annual meeting Councillor Jason Atkin was appointed Civic Vice- Chairman of the District for 2022/23.
Other appointments for 2022/23 include Councillor Sue Bull continuing as Council Chairman and Councillor Andrew Shirley as Deputy Chairman.
Councillor Tom Donnelly is again Chairman of the Council’s Governance & Resources Committee, while Councillor Helen Froggatt was elected for the first time as Chairman of the Community & Environment Committee.
The Planning Committee continues to be chaired by Councillor Atkin. Councillor Andrew Statham was elected Chairman of the Licensing Committee.