Invitations to the Chair 

The Chair, Councillor Cherry Beath, welcomes invitations to visit local charities and community groups throughout Bath and North East Somerset.  If you would like to invite the Chair to attend your event please contact Benice Hampton, Civic Secretary, who organises the Chair’s diary.  Please give as much notice as possible to ensure that the Chair is available to attend your event.  Once your event is in the diary you will be issued with a protocol form to complete, which should be returned as quickly as possible.

During her year of office, the Chair is unable to use her position to influence or become involved in Council business and matters of a political nature.

Charity Support

Each year the current Chair chooses charities to raise awareness and funds for through her year in office and undertake fundraising events in support of those charities.  Any money generated is divided equally between them.

The charities this year are:

Genesis Trust

Mid-Somerset Festival

Quartet Community Foundation

Civic Receptions

The Chair often hosts Civic Receptions for delegates to conferences being held in the Bath and North East Somerset Council area.  Conference organisers are invited to apply to Benice Hampton, Civic Secretary, for further information on (01225) 394235. email:

Chair's Awards and Future Events 2017/2018

The Chair's Community Awards are now open for nominations.  Nominations to this years awards closed on 1 December 2017.

The Awards recognise volunteers, community leaders, community organisations, carers and local businesses and highlights the positive impact they make on others and the wider community.

The Awards are organised annually in partnership with the Volunteer Centre Bath and beyond; social housing provider Curo; the Student Community Partnership, involving the University of Bath and Bath Spa University students unions; Virgin Care, Sirona care & health.

Chair's Weekly Events Diary

A bridge in Bath





Chair of the Council - Councillor Cherry Beath

Cherry studied at University College London, and has a Masters Degree. She also qualified from Bristol University as a Post Graduate in Social and Criminology / Law Studies. She completed a B-Tech Course Studies in Local Government.

Past experience and Employment

Field of addiction problems:

• worked with ROMA - Rehabilitation of Metropolitan Addicts – in London prior to working professionally in the Judicial System as a

• Probation Officer

• Divorce Court Officer, Prisons and

• Guardian Ad Litem to the Crown Court, in cases of Adoption and Fostering.

• Community co-ordination, building cohesion and cross working with stakeholders as well as a number of different Agencies.

Business Experience

• Director at Swordfish Management. From 2003 she ran

• workshops in the creative fields

• Self - employed Business

• Marketing and worked professionally in Mentoring.

 Professional in-service Training Tutor.

Previous Council Roles

Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development at Bath & North East Somerset, 2011 - 2013.

Previously Mayor of Bath, 2014/15.

Vice Chair of Council 2016/17. Chair of the Standing Committee of the Charter Trustees of The City of Bath, and previous Shadow Spokesperson for Major Projects and Economic Development.

Her experience and training has helped her develop good people skills and an understanding of business needs and development issues.


She is a Member of the Local Government Association UK (LGA) Innovation and Improvement Board. Member of the Bath World Heritage Steering Group. Shadow Spokesperson for Economic Development. Member of the Avon Pension and Investment Committee. Council Lead on the European TransNational UNESCO Bid for "The Great Spas of Europe" Project. Patron of The Mid Somerset Festivals, Interests Modern Art, Heritage, Culture, Digital & Creative Sectors & independent Businesses.

Cherry Lives in Bath, and is Married with two grown up sons.

Vice Chair of the Council - Councillor Karen Walker

The Vice Chair of Bath & North East Somerset is Cllr Karen Walker, who represents the ward of Peasedown St John. Despite only being a relative newcomer to the Local Authority in 2015, Karen is well known for her community activism and achievements over the past decade. As a hard working campaigner and parish councillor in Peasedown since 2008, Karen is one of the creators of the village's Party in the Park festival. Thanks to her enthusiasm and dedication, the event is now one of the biggest in B&NES with over 2,500 people attending each summer. Success over the last decade has seen more £75,000 raised from the festival - all of which has been reinvested back into the community. 

Cllr Walker's other achievements include:

- Launching a Community Award in memory of a villager who passed away

- Setting up a volunteer scheme for young people in Peasedown St John

- Raising £10,000 for a mother with cancer - all so her and her family could go on a dream holiday 

- Organising fundraising events for MacMillan Cancer Research

- Securing £6,000 for community projects in Peasedown

- Setting up 'Peasedown In Bloom', which has helped local people feel inspired about their parks and open spaces.

Karen has also served as a parish councillor since 2011, which has included six years as Chair of the Planning Committee, and 3 years as Vice Chair of the council. When Karen, originally from Cornwall and who studied catering at college, isn't campaigning in her community she runs one of Bath's biggest corporate cleaning companies with her Husband David. She has four grown up sons, and makes no apologies for coming from a politically active, community-focused family.

Karen's mother Joan was a political activist in Cornwall in the 1960s, and her father Lloyd has a bench dedicated in his honour at Peasedown Methodist Church for voluntary work. Karen oldest son Nathan is a former B&NES Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children's Services, and now runs a national PR business consultancy. Her second son Craig owns one of Dubai's most successful sports agencies. Her third, Daniel, is a manager for one of the region's social housing landlords. And, her fourth son Chaz has followed in his mum's footsteps and now runs his own office and domestic cleaning company, employing staff from across the city of Bath.


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