Pitmen supporter and HTFCSA committee member Paul Woodhead was recently elected as a Cannock Chase District Councillor for Hednesford. You will see him around the ground most match days, usually as Pitman Pete and in the Strikers Bar after the game where you can talk to him about any matters or issues of concern.

In these articles I want to bring the role of the councillor alive to you and ensure I am accountable to you as the elected representative for the ward in which the football club resides. I will highlight some of the things I get involved with and the decisions the council makes on your behalf. I will be available after most home games for a general conversation and we can arrange a private discussion should that be appropriate. Alternatively you can contact me by phone on 07930 120077 or by email paul.woodhead@greenparty.org.uk

As well as the business undertaken by council there are also civic duties for Councillors and these are led by the Chairman of the Council, currently Councillor Zaphne Stretton MBE. As well as presiding as chair of the full council meetings the Chairman of the Council also serves as primary representative on civic occasions. The Chairman is elected by the Councillors from amongst their number to serve for a year from each May and is accompanied by a consort when on civic duty. The Chairman can be invited to events from the residents of the District through contacting the Council and completing the form on the website. The Chairman will attend wearing the civic regalia and chains of office.

Hednesford Town Council, as well as other parish councils, also appoint a Chairman to serve each year and again the invitation and protocols follow a similar pattern to the District. The current serving Chairman of Hednesford Town Council is Councillor Alan Pearson.

At the County level we also have a Chairman of the Council, currently Councillor Janet Eagland who is supported by a Vice-Chairman, a Lord-Lieutenant Mr Ian Dudson who is supported by a Vice Lord Lieutenant appointed from his Deputies and a High Sheriff Mr David Leigh TD DL supported by an Under-Sheriff.

There are protocols established to determine and order of precedence for civic functions.