The Chairman of Daventry District Council

Councillor David Smith is Chairman of Daventry District Council for 2019/20.

Councillor Smith received the chains of office at Annual Council on 15 May 2019 from the outgoing Chairman, Councillor Cecile Irving-Swift. Councillor Mike Warren was appointed Vice-Chairman.

During his year in office, Councillor Smith is supporting Time2Talk a small charity operating solely within Daventry District and South Northamptonshire which offers free information, counselling and preventative intervention services for young people aged 13 to 25.

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About the Chairman

Councillor David Smith has represented Weedon Ward since 2014 and also sits on the Council’s Planning Committee.

His new role as Chairman is a non-political, civic role which involves representing the Council at various events and functions throughout the year, as well as chairing Council meetings to ensure they are properly run in accordance with the constitution.

Though born in Suffolk, David has spent most of his life in Northamptonshire and lives in Weedon with his wife Heather. The couple have been married for 26 years and have two daughters and three grandchildren.

Educated at Northampton School For Boys and Moulton Agricultural College, he has enjoyed a varied career, working in the software industry for a number of years before moving to France to run a vineyard producing award-winning wines. He now runs a small shoe-making business in Northamptonshire.

He said: “I didn’t decide stand for Council out of any great political drive – it was really just a desire to represent my community and try to make a difference. It’s been very interesting. I have learnt a lot about how local government works, and a lot more about people, which has made me interested in getting involved in other things.

“I really enjoy getting out and meeting people, and being able to help them with any issues they may have is both rewarding and humbling. I consider it a great honour to represent the Council as its Chairman. I am passionate about Northamptonshire and I am very much looking forward to getting out and about over the coming year, meeting people and doing my best for the District.”

David’s passion for helping others has also inspired his choice of charity for his year in office. Time2Talk is a small charity operating solely within Daventry District and South Northamptonshire which offers free information, counselling and preventative intervention services for young people aged 13 to 25.

“It provides support to young people on a range of issues,” said David.

“That could include everything from bullying at school, to anxiety or suicidal thoughts. I came across Time2Talk about ten years ago when someone I know received a tremendous amount of support from them. I’m in a privileged position now where I can help raise awareness of the work they do, but also raise money for them to support the great work they are doing in our community.”

To invite the Chairman to a community event contact the Chairman’s Secretary on 01327 871100 or email

Calendar of public engagements


 January 2020


4th    Reach for Health New Year fundraising recital

25th  Mayor of Raunds Burns Night dinner

 February 2020

2nd  Chairman's Civic Service

  March 2020


1st    Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council Civic Service

8th    Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust Orchestra Spectacular

15th  Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust Bind Band Spectacular

17th  High Sheriff of Northamptonshire 'at home'.

18th  Celebrating Northamptonshire event at The Derngate Theatre

29th  Ceremonial service to mark the retirement of David Laing, Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire.


Frequently asked questions

We would like the Chairman to attend or make a presentation at our event, how do we go about this?

Contact the Chairman's office in writing (the main Council address) or by email - - advising of the date, time, location and explaining the nature of the event.

What functions does the Chairman attend? 

The Chairman receives invitations to open, speak at and attend local community functions including formal civic events and the Annual meetings of the Council.

Who decides which charities the Chairman supports?

At the beginning of the year the Chairman will nominate the charity/charities which will receive the proceeds from his/her fundraising during the year.