The Sheriff

Councillor Bob Rudd

Councillor Bob Rudd, Sheriff of Chester

Cllr Bob Rudd

Bob was as apprentice machinist and fitter at a large engineering company in Surrey, he studied part time day release at Crawley Technical College attaining an HNC in Mechanical Engineering. He was interested in politics at an early age.

Bob has served as a local councillor for the past 50 years on 6 authorities:

  • 1972 elected to Burgess Hill Urban District Council (then in East Sussex)
  • 1974 to 1976 founder member of Burgess Hill Town Council
  • 1975 elected to West Sussex County Council
  • 1979 elected to Crawley Borough Council serving as Mayor if 1988/1989
  • 1988 opened the Hawth Theatre in Crawley

On re-locating for employment reasons in 1990 to Chester he was elected to Chester City Council in 1991 (and was present in the Council Chamber when the Lord Mayoralty was awarded to Chester by the Queen in 1992). During this time Bb became Sales Director for an International Hydraulics Company. Following a period of unemployment in 1995/1996 he studied attaining an NVQ Level 4 in Management, and an NVQ Level 2 in IT and Accounting.

In 1996 he became a board member of the charity Chester Aid to the Homeless and retired in January 2022 after service the past ten years on the board as Chairman.

In 1999 he was elected the first Chair of Chester and District Housing Trust following the sale of Chester City housing stock.

In January 2009 he was appointed an Honorary Alderman by Chester City Council.

In May 2011 Bob was elected to Cheshire West and Chester Council for the Garden Quarter of Chester and to the Cheshire Fire Authority where he now serves as Chairman.

2013/2014 he was elected Deputy Lord Mayor of Chester and as Lord Mayor in 2014/2015.

2014/2022 Bob was elected annually for the eighth year as Chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council.

2016/2022 he was elected as Chairman of Cheshire Fire Authority comprising of 23 elected Councillors from the four Unitary Authorities of Halton, Warrington, Cheshire East and Cheshire West & Chester, elected annually 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021.

In 2016 Bob was appointed as a Director of North West Fire Control (emergency call centre for Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria). He was elected Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors of NWFC in 2018 until 2021. Bob was then elected Chair of the Board of Directors of NWFC for 2021/2022.

On 14 June 2018 Bob hosted a lunch at the Town Hall for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex, after the opening of Storyhouse Theatre.

On 2 May 2019 Bob was re-elected to Cheshire West and Chester Council for the new ward of Chester City and the Garden Quarter.

Bob was awarded an Honorary Master of Arts Degree from the University of Chester on 7 June 2019.