The Sheriff

Councillor Hugo Deynem, Sheriff of Chester

Councillor Hugo Deynem, Sheriff of Chester

Cllr Hugo Deynem

I have lived and worked in our Cheshire West for over 50 years. I am married to Deb, who is the Sheriff’s Lady for my Civic Year, and we have three children. Currently I am working for RWE Renewables, having previously run a number of small companies for myself over the years.

I was first elected to represent the Kelsall ward on the old Chester City Council in the late 1990’s and subsequently was pleased to serve the residents of the Kelsall and Tarvin ward as a councillor on the then new Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council since its inception following the disbanding of the two tier council system in 2009.

Following my re-election on to Cheshire West & Chester Borough Council in May 2011 I chaired the Localities Scrutiny Committee, was Deputy Chair of the Corporate Scrutiny Committee, a party Spokesperson on the Standards committee and Chair on the Public Rights of Way Committee. I was also the Member Champion for Climate Change for the authority from 2011/15. I am a member and chair of a number of outside bodies including a local Education Foundation and a sporting association.

It was a huge privilege to be made Deputy Lord Mayor of Chester and Deputy Chairman of Cheshire West & Chester Council in May 2014 and subsequently being the Lord Mayor of Chester in May 2015 for the forthcoming year.

I was elected as the Ward Member for the newly created Sandstone Ward in 2019 and was fortunate to garner the support of over 50% of voters at the recent May 2023 election to be returned as Ward Member for Sandstone.

I am honoured to have been selected to become the Sheriff of Chester for the 2023/24 Civic Year and very much look forward to working with and supporting local community groups and charities during my year of office. I shall also be supporting my two chosen charities for the Civic year which are Dementia UK and Ashton Hayes Community Hub (AHCH).

I am passionate about public involvement in local decision making and increasing engagement in local politics across all age groups and demographics. And as such, am a great advocate of improved communication and the use of social media as one of the tools to inform residents in our policy & decision making at all levels. I will be using these mediums to keep you up to speed with my Civic Engagements through my term of office and Sheriff of Chester.

The Sheriff’s Charities are:

  • Dementia UK
  • Ashton Hayes Community Hub (AHCH)