Chairman of Council

The Chairman is the first citizen of the district. They are elected at the council's annual general meeting held in May. The position is held for a period of 1 year and is apolitical.

To invite the Chairman to an event please fill in the online form. You will find the guidelines below.

Chairman Cllr Richard Bassett  

Chairman's charity

Councillor Bassett is supporting the following charities

  1. Epping Forest Community Transport
  2. Various children’s charities

Chairman's news

Keep up to date with news about our Chairman of Council.

Full Council 20 December 2018

Councillors voted themselves no ‘rise’ at the meeting of Epping Forest District Council on 20... MOD_WPPOSTS_READMORE

Carols by candlelight for civic Christmas service

Residents, councillors and staff gathered at Waltham Abbey Church to celebrate Christmas by... MOD_WPPOSTS_READMORE

Chairman sleeps under the stars and raises £300

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King Harold students' takeover day at Museum

On Friday 23 November, Year 8 students, from King Harold Business & Enterprise Academy,... MOD_WPPOSTS_READMORE

New paintings on display at EFD Museum

Epping Forest District Museum is host to two new paintings by local artist Martin Barrall, visit... MOD_WPPOSTS_READMORE

Make someone's Christmas special

Each year, big hearted employees at Epping Forest District Council collect Christmas gifts for mums... MOD_WPPOSTS_READMORE

Council coat of arms

Information on inviting the chairman, about the Council and past chairmen is available here by clicking on the plus icons below.

Inviting the chairman to an event

If you would like to invite the Chairman to an event or function please ensure you read the guidelines below and then complete either the online form or the download the form in pdf format.


The Chairman and escort would find it helpful if you could supply some information about your function by completing and returning the attached form. The Chairman would also find it useful to have some background notes on your organisation, especially if you wish the Chairman to make a speech. The sort of information which is useful is: when your organisation was started; its aims and activities; membership; notable successes and achievements, etc., and anything else which is special about the organisation or which you think would interest the Chairman.

It is hoped that the following notes on receiving the Chairman will be helpful. These notes are only fairly general as there are so many types of function, but do not hesitate to telephone the Chairman’s Secretary if you wish to discuss your function, ask questions or seek advice. (Contact details are listed below)


The Chairman is First Citizen of the District and has precedence in all places in the District (except in very exceptional circumstances, such as when royalty is present). Therefore, the place to be reserved for the Chairman should be in the Chair on the immediate right of the person presiding. The Chairman’s escort should be seated on the immediate right of the Chairman or the left of the person presiding.


If your function is a dance: then half to three quarters of an hour after the start would probably be appropriate for the Chairman’s arrival. If a dinner is involved: then five minutes before the dinner would be right in order to avoid any unnecessary waiting on the part of the Chairman and lady/escort and enabling them to go directly with the host to the reserved places. With a sports meeting, for example, if the event is likely to be lengthy, it is suggested that you invite the Chairman to arrive in time for the finals and prize presentations. It frequently occurs that there are several events on one date and, with fetes for instance, the Chairman might try to look in at two or three - so, in addition to giving time of starting and finishing, please also give the time of anything special happening during the event when you would particularly like the Chairman to be present.


The Chairman and escort must be met immediately upon arrival by some responsible person, escorted to their places, and appropriate introductions be made. Somebody in your organisation should take care to look after the Chairman and lady/escort throughout their stay.

Toast Lists, Agenda, etc.

If the function is a dinner, or meeting, a copy of the toast list or agenda showing the order of proceedings should be supplied as soon as the details are settled and in any case at least ten days before the function.

If you wish the Chairman to propose or respond to any toast or speak on any subject at the function, please do not leave it until the evening to ask. The person making arrangements should send, about a fortnight before the function, the name of the toast or the subject on which the Chairman is required to speak. together with appropriate details, points you specially wish the Chairman to refer to, and the names of any people to whom reference should be made.

All the above notes also apply to the Vice-Chairman or Past Chairman of the Council when attending on behalf of the Chairman and should be accorded the same precedence and courtesies.

If you require any further information please contact the Secretary to the Chairman using the details on this page.

'Our Council' Information

epping forestCouncil iconOur History

Epping Forest derives its name from ancient royal woodlands situated in the heart of the District. The 17th Century Epping Forest woodland of nearly 2,700 hectares is situated in West Essex and is home to 1.39 million people.

Epping Forest ceased to be a royal forest and was placed in the care of the City of London Corporation to act as Conservators in the 19th Century. The Corporation of London still owns and manages the Forest in accordance with the Epping Forest Act of 1878 as an open space for public recreation and enjoyment.

The District was originally created in 1955 by the merger of Epping and the Ongar Rural District. On 1st April 1974 the modern district was formed, merging Chigwell Urban District, Epping Urban District and Waltham Holy Cross Urban District.

The District is a contrasting mixture of urban and rural life stretching from outer London in the south to rural Essex in the North.

your councilThe Council

Local democracy is located at the very core of Epping Forest District Council (EFDC). The Council’s 58 Councillors serve the general public for 4 years to represent and champion the interests of the local community, businesses and constituents.

The District Council is responsible for a wide range of issues including economic development, housing, planning, recreation, council tax, benefits, tourism, refuse collection, environmental health and car parking.

coat of armscouncil crestCoat of Arms

‘Per Crucem Per Coronam’ (Through the cross Through the Crown) summarises the history of the District. The cross brought the abbey, which was the centre of social life throughout the days of the Royal Forest. Without the Royal Forest the special rights of the Commoners would not have survived into the 19th Century. The unique nature of these rights that the issue turned won the Epping Forest District for the people.

Research and designed by Mr A. Tomlinson in collaboration with Sir William Addison the Arms were granted by the College of Heralds in 1974 during the formation of the Council. The Coat of Arms represents the four merged authorities of Chigwell, Epping, and Waltham Holy Cross Urban Councils and Epping and Ongar Rural Council.

The Arms may be blazoned, technically described as:

  • Arms: Argent a cross engrailed sable, over all a bugle horn ensigned with an ancient crown of fleurs-de-lys or on a chief vert four axe-heads bentwise argent.
  • Crest: On a wreath argent and gules, upon a mount vert, in front of a castle of three towers, eash domed and ensigned with a crossley all gules, a stag coorant proper.
  • Supporters: On either side a stag guardant proper, holding in the mouth a seax argent, the hilt and pommel inwards or.
  • Badge: A stags head caboshed proper, holding in the mouth a seax argent, the hilt and pommel to the dexter or.

Past Chairmen of the Council

Past Council Chairmen of Epping Forest District Council

  • 2017 to 2018 David Stallan
  • 2016 to 2017 Councillor Jeane Lea
  • 2015 to 2016 Councillor Liz Webster
  • 2014 to 2015 Tony Boyce
  • 2013 to 2014 Councillor Mary Sartin
  • 2012 to 2013 Councillor Brian Rolfe
  • 2011 to 2012 Ken Angold-Stephens
  • 2010 to 2011 Councillor Anne Grigg
  • 2009 to 2010 Penny Smith
  • 2008 to 2009 Councillor John Knapman
  • 2007 to 2008 Councillor Caroline Pond
  • 2006 to 2007 Ann Haigh
  • 2005 to 2006 Councillor Brian Sandler
  • 2004 to 2005 Councillor Richard Morgan
  • 2003 to 2004 Stephen Barnes
  • 2002 to 2003 Doug Kelly
  • 2001 to 2002 John Gilliham
  • 2000 to 2001 Ron Heath
  • 1999 to 2000 Stan Goodwin
  • 1998 to 1999 Michael Heavens
  • 1997 to 1998 John D Padfield
  • 1996 to 1997 Ron Barnes OBE
  • 1995 to 1996 Kay Ellis
  • 1994 to 1995 Joan Davis
  • 1993 to 1994 Bill Easton OBE
  • 1992 to 1993 Don Spinks
  • 1991 to 1992 Jim Axon
  • 1990 to 1991 Brian Hudspeth
  • 1989 to 1990 Ron Braybrook
  • 1988 to 1989 Ann Miller
  • 1987 to 1988 Reg Amanet
  • 1986 to 1987 Ian Abbey
  • 1985 to 1986 Ashley Bryant BEM
  • 1984 to 1985 Michael Aldworth
  • 1983 to 1984 Freddie Limer MBE
  • 1982 to 1983 John Pledge
  • 1981 to 1982 Dennis Morton
  • 1980 to 1981 Ian Beattie
  • 1979 to 1980 Harry Taylor
  • 1978 to 1979 Bob O'Malley
  • 1977 to 1978 Brian Greenhill
  • 1976 to 1977 George Padfield
  • 1974 to 1976 Arthur Welch


Phone Contact us....

Telephone: 01992 564427

Or you can write to us at:
Secretary to the Chairman, Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, High Street,  Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ

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