Cllr Stuart Parker
Stuart is honoured to have been selected as the next Sheriff of Chester, and he has a wealth of experience to bring to the role having owned and managed a number of small businesses over the last 25 years, in addition to holding a number of council roles for 11 years.
Stuart became a councillor in 2007 for Chester City Council, where he served on the Planning and Licensing Committees before being invited to join the Executive as Executive Member for Regeneration.
In 2009 Local Government Reorganisation took place and Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council was created, and Stuart joined the new council as Assistant Executive Member and Chairman of the Regeneration Policy Development Board. In 2011, after local elections, Stuart was proud to take on the new role of Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Growth, which enabled him to instigate a number of regeneration projects within Chester and the wider borough. These included the creation of the StoryHouse Theatre complex in Chester, and two new Leisure Centres in Ellesmere Port and Northwich leaving legacies for borough residents for which he is very proud.
After local elections in 2015, Stuart became the Shadow Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing, a role which he holds today, and he sits on the Board of Brio Leisure, and he is a Member of the Cheshire Fire Authority.
Stuart is a people person and a good listener who cares about the people who live in his shared Ward of Chester Villages, in addition to the wider residents of the Cheshire West and Chester borough. Now being retired, Stuart devotes his time to his council roles and his other hobbies including gardening, reading, music and the theatre.
He is married to his fellow councillor Margaret, and they have one daughter Deborah, and one grandson Charles, and he has lived in Chester for 30 years.
For his Sheriff’s year in office, he has chosen two charities to support, namely The New Life charity for Disabled Children in Cheshire, and the Chester Zoo Conservation charity, which represent causes for which he is passionate about.