Nigel Wilkinson elected as chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Cllr Nigel Wilkinson.Cllr Nigel Wilkinson.
Cllr Nigel Wilkinson.
Councillor Nigel Wilkinson has been elected as the new chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Cllr Wilkinson, who has served as vice chairman for the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has been a councillor for the Howdenshire ward since his election in 2014.

Since being elected, Councillor Wilkinson has sat on audit committee, pensions committee and planning committee and he is currently chairman of western area planning sub-committee.

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Before taking up a career in politics, Cllr Wilkinson served as an army reserve for 32 years and undertook tours of the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan but more recently he was the Commandant of the county’s army cadet force based in York.

He said: “It’s a great honour to be elected as chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council and after the year we’ve had due to the Covid-19 restrictions, I’m looking forward to representing the council and the residents of East Yorkshire.

“It’s going to be an interesting year ahead and I also want to use this role to help businesses drive the East Riding’s recovery following the pandemic.”

The charity he will be supporting during his year in office will be Children with Cancer.