At yesterday’s meeting of the Horsham District Council, Liberal Democrat Councillor Dr David Skipp was confirmed as Vice Chairman of the Council for the municipal year 2020-21. Councillor Skipp will serve as Vice Chairman for one year, supporting Councillor Karen Burgess as Chairman of the Council for her year in the role.
His role as Vice Chairman will involve him deputising for the Chairman in meetings of the Council and representing the Council as necessary as the Deputy to the Chairman of the Council at public and private functions. It is largely a ceremonial role.
Upon being appointed Vice Chair, David said: "It's a great honour to become Vice Chairman of this wonderful district with its variety of villages and towns. I hope that I will be able to play a part in civic life, representing the council when required and supporting Karen in her job as Chairperson."
"I think that throughout the whole district we will be seen, and I'm sure we will represent the whole district and particularly at a time where we face difficult decisions which we are all going to be a part of."
He was educated at Worthing High School, going on to study medicine at Charing Cross Medical School at the University of London. On qualifying as a Doctor, he was appointed Houseman at Charing Cross. Embarking on a GP career, he trained at Cuckfied Hospital and Hayward’s Heath. He came to Horsham as a GP and Partner in the largest General Practice in the Town. David has also served the community as a Police Surgeon and Deputy Coroner for West Sussex.
On retirement, David choose to engage with the community by standing as a Councillor. He was elected in 2007 for Roffey North Ward and later for Horsham Park Ward. He has served on Licensing, Governance, and Overview and Scrutiny. He was also voted Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group.
As a result, a new Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group will need to be chosen at the next meeting of Liberal Democrat Councillors in June.