Chairman of the council
The chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council is Keith Walker.
Councillor Walker was born in Elston on April 20, 1940 and has lived and worked in the district all his life. He first served as district councillor for Farndon from May 1981 until 1991 and again from 1999 until 2011. In 2015 he was elected to serve Farndon and Fernwood. He is also the Nottinghamshire County Council representative for Balderton having first being elected in October 1987 and was county council chairman in 2011-12. He also served on Farndon Parish Council for 40 years and has been a parish councillor for Balderton Parish Council for 10 years where he has also been chairman for the past six years.
He serves on the district council’s leisure and environment committee.
Councillor Walker went to the former Robert Thoroton Secondary School in Flintham where he enjoyed sport and had a particular interest in cross country running and cricket.
He left school at the age of 15 to work as a motor mechanic at a petrol station and garage at Newark. From his time there he remembers not only spending long periods laying on his back beneath cars and lorries and under bonnets but the time when you could buy three gallons of petrol for just 99p.
He moved onto the engineering firm Hoval in Northgate, Newark in 1985 where he worked as a test bed fitter on air receivers and central heating boilers. He recalls the company even supplying one of its boilers to Buckingham Palace during his time there.
Among his passions are Formula One motor racing – an interest that he has held since the 1950s and a trip to Monaco in 2000, where he witnessed British driver David Coulthard winning the race at a time when German driver Michael Schumacher was dominating the sport.
He is also a keen traveller, with a preference for colder climes, and among the countries he has visited are Australia, New Zealand, the state of Alaska in the USA, Tibet, Greenland, Iceland and Norway.
His partner is former Mayor of Newark, Joan Whicher, who will serve as his escort for the year. He is also the elder twin brother of Councillor Ivor Walker, also a district councillor for Farndon and Fernwood, by two hours.
He has a son and daughter and four grandchildren, three grand-daughters and one grandson, aged between 17 and 23.
For his year as chairman, Cllr Walker has chosen Newark Home Start as his nominated charity which provides support for families throughout the district.
The new vice-chairman of the council is Councillor Robert Crowe.
Once the chairman's office has confirmed he/she is to visit or open your event, a civic engagement form will be sent to you.
If you would like the chairman to attend your event please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01636 655501 or write to the Chairman of the Council, Newark and Sherwood District Council, Castle House, Great North Road, Newark, Notts. NG24 1BY.
It would be helpful if this could be completed and returned as soon as possible. We would need it at least two weeks before the event, along with any other information or literature on your charity or company, or the event itself. This is particularly helpful if you have requested that you wish the chairman to make a speech.
The event will be published on the chairman's weekly engagement sheet, which is circulated to the local press who may take an interest. Media may contact you directly for more information. Some events are further supported by a press release from the council's communications team and an official photographer may be used.
Newark, Ollerton and Southwell
Each year Newark Town Council and Ollerton and Boughton Town Council appoint a Town Mayor who attends local and civic events representing the town council. Southwell Town Council appoints a chairman and vice chairman each year.