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East Riding Council’s new Chairman

Councillor Caroline Fox (pictured) has been elected as the new chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council following the council’s annual meeting. Councillor Fox, a Conservative, will serve until May 2018. She has been a councillor for 10 years for the Snaith, Airmyn and Rawcliffe and Marshland ward.

She was born at Hazelwood Castle, near Tadcaster, which was used as a maternity hospital after the Second World War and she spent her childhood in rural North Yorkshire and attended school in Selby. Her early working career saw her train as a nurse and she worked at Pontefract General Infirmary until the birth of her first child.

Cllr Fox stayed at home to bring up two children and after that retrained in the field of hotel management and held senior positions in local hotels including Monk Fryston Hall and Wentbridge House. She has recently celebrated her golden wedding anniversary with husband, Ernie, and they have two children, Robert and Mark, and three grandchildren – Laura, Emily and William.

The charities Councillor Fox will be supporting during her year in office are Hull and East Riding MIND and Prostate Cancer UK, which is in memory of Kevin Megson who raised £100,000 for the charity but died recently from the disease.

Councillor Margaret Chadwick, who is ward councillor for Bridlington South, has been elected vice chairman of the council and will serve until May 2018.