David Smith
Cllr David Smith has been named as the new chairman of Lichfield District Council.

The former Conservative leader was sworn in at the annual meeting of the council yesterday (April 6). Cllr Ken Humphreys was sworn in as the new vice chairman.

They will represent the district at a wide range of functions across Staffordshire – including royal visits, civic and ceremonial functions and community and charity events. Cllr Smith will also chair meetings and work throughout the year to raise money for his chosen charities.

“I am honoured to take up this important role and am looking forward to representing the district council at the many events and functions that take place across Staffordshire,” said Cllr Smith.

“I am also pleased that it will give my wife Gay and me a chance to meet people throughout the district to find out more about voluntary groups and the vital work that they do.

“The charities I will be raising money for are Lichfield Cathedral East End Appeal, the Friends of St Peters Church in Stonnall, and the Forces Children’s Trust.”

Cllr Smith replaced Cllr David Leytham, who said “I’ve had a wonderful year with so many highlights.

“My wife Jan and I especially enjoyed inviting fellow civics to the West End and Broadway show at the Lichfield Garrick, hosting the charity gala dinner when so many of the business community turned out to support my charities, and visiting Bupa Care Homes in Little Aston and Burntwood, where we had the chance to meet elderly residents who were really memorable.

“My year in the role ended with Beacon Park’s Victorian May Day festivities, which was a lovely way to bring a fantastic year to a close. I would like to thank everyone for supporting my charities so generously, helping to raise thousands of pounds for Lichfield Young Carers and Lichfield Arthritis Care.”

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