On 23 May 2022, Councillor Paul Potter was elected as Chairman of the Council for the municipal year 2022-23. The Chairman of Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) is a civic role and is similar to a Mayor in that the Chairman is the first representative of the district.
The role is ceremonial and the Chairman has no decision-making powers unlike the role of an elected Mayor, which exists in some parts of the UK.
Paul grew up in the ward he represents and has four daughters and eleven grandchildren who live locally.
He met his wife, Anna, singing in Christ Church Brockham Choir, where his father was organist and choirmaster and also rung the bells from the bell chamber using levers.
Paul has an allotment in Betchworth and enjoys restoring and riding motorcycles. He has raced classic motorcycles for over 30 years, including the Manx Grand Prix in The Isle of Man and is a committee member of the Dorking and District Motorcycle Club.
Throughout his year as Chairman, Paul will be attending local community events throughout the district and representing Mole Valley at events throughout Surrey. If you are planning an event and would like the Chairman to attend, please send an invitation (via Pippbrook) or contact the Civic Support Staff.
Paul has chosen two local Charities to support:
The current Vice-Chairman of the Council is Councillor James Friend.
For a full listing of MVDC Councillors, please visit the Who are your Councillors page.