Chairman of the council
The chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council is Tony Roberts MBE.
Tony was born and educated in North Wales before moving to Nottingham in the late 1960s to train to teach.
Although a trained teacher of drama and theatre arts, his first appointment was to the Magnus Grammar School in Newark as a teacher of English. He liked the town and district so much, he decided to stay and retired 38 years later.
During that time, as the school changed from Boys’ Grammar to mixed upper 11-18 comprehensive, his roles changed as well. At various times in his career he has been head of careers education, head of drama, head of PSHE (Personal, social and health education) and finally ended his days as a head of house.
In his early days in Newark he became involved in the town’s political scene, being elected to the then Newark District Council in 1976.
Since then he has been deselected, selected, elected, unelected, but some 20 years ago began an unbroken run of representation on the district council.
He has also been on Newark Town Council for a number of years and has been made Mayor twice, in 1984 and 2010.
More recently in 2013 he was elected to Nottinghamshire County Council. He was also leader of the district council from 2003 – 2012.
Tony has had a number of roles as a cabinet member and chairman of committees. Most recently he has been chairman of the leisure and environment committee, during which time his committee oversaw the development of the National Civil War Centre and its link with the Palace Theatre, also the construction of a new Newark Sports and Fitness Centre for the area. He will have the pleasure of officially opening the centre as one of his first duties as chairman of the district council.
Away from his council work Tony enjoys reading, not gardening, photography, social history, theatre and travelling. He serves a number of local charities as well as being a director of Radio Newark and a governor of two town schools.
He was appointed MBE in 2011 for services to local government in Nottinghamshire.
Chairman's attendance at your event
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, Kelham Hall, Newark, Notts. NG23 5QX.
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.