Caroline Chugg is the new Chair of Devon County Council

Posted on: 24 May 2018

Devon County Council has announced a new Chair and Vice Chair.

Outgoing Chair Ray Radford handed the prestigious title to the County Councillor for Braunton Rural, Caroline Chugg.

And Councillor Richard Hosking, who represents the South Brent & Yealmpton division, replaces Richard Edgell as Vice Chair.

The new Chair and Vice Chair were sworn in at the Annual Council meeting today (Thursday 24 May).

Councillor Chugg was first elected to Braunton Parish Council and North Devon District Council in 2007 and to Devon County Council in 2009.

As Chair of the Council she has two main themes for her year of office,  ‘Ageing Well’ and also recognising the contribution of women in Devon.

Of concern to Caroline is the mental and physical wellbeing of Devon’s ageing population and the impact of loneliness.

She hopes to use her platform as Chair of the Council to champion the natural environment as a means of promoting good mental and physical health and healthy living initiatives, particularly amongst older people.

In her maiden speech, Councillor Chugg also said she wanted to recognise women who have achieved.

To mark 2018 Year of the Woman she supports holding a celebration event in recognition of Devon women who have achieved as community champions, business leaders and as public servants.

Councillor Chugg said: “I am delighted to be appointed the new Chair of Devon County

Cllr Caroline Chugg


“I am proud and honoured to be even considered for this position and, with the help of my Vice Chair Richard Hosking I will continue the work of my predecessor Ray Radford in raising the profile of the Council and all the good work it does.”

Councillor Hosking was first elected to Devon County Council in 2014 and prior to that worked on the family farm before becoming a chartered surveyor.

A commentator at the Devon County and Royal Cornwall Shows he is a member of the RICS Countryside Policy Panel, a keen advocate of the countryside and a champion of Devon’s agricultural sector.

Councillor Hosking said: “I look forward to supporting Caroline in representing communities throughout Devon in the year ahead.”

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