The Chairman of Daventry District Council

Councillor Cecile Irving-Swift is Chairman of Daventry District Council for 2018/19.

Councillor Irving-Swift has served the past year as Vice-Chairman and received the chains of office at Annual Council on 16 May 2018 from the outgoing Chairman, Councillor David James. Councillor David Smith was appointed Vice-Chairman.

Councillor Irving-Swift is supporting the National Garden Scheme and The Green Health Project in Daventry during her year in office.

Find out more in our video:

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Cllr Cecile Irving-Swift

About the Chairman

Councillor Cecile Irving-Swift has represented the Welford Ward on Daventry District Council since 2012 and is also the deputy leader of Northamptonshire County Council.

Her role as Chairman is a non-political, civic position which will involve representing the Council at various events and functions throughout the year, as well as chairing Council meetings.

“In my time at the Council I have learned to know this beautiful area and its District town quite well,” said Cllr Irving-Swift.

“I’m looking forward to getting out and meeting a lot of people in this ambassadorial role. I would like to speak to people to find out what they like about living in Daventry District, so I am more than willing to visit anyone who would like me to.”

Born and educated in France, Councillor Irving-Swift lives in the village of Arthingworth with her husband of 35 years, Charles. The couple have two grown-up children. 

A keen gardener, she will support both The National Garden Scheme (NGS) and The Green Health Project in Daventry during her year in office. 

Supported by the mental health charity Rethink, the Green Health Project is based at the Community Allotments off the old Welton Road in Daventry and helps people with mental health issues through gardening.

The NGS helps thousands of people up and down the country open their gardens to the public each year, raising millions of pounds for good causes.

It supports charities including Queen’s Nursing Institute, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Carers Trust, Hospice UK, Perennial, Parkinson’s UK and others.

“We have opened out garden to the public as part of the NGS scheme for the last 15 years,” said Councillor Irving-Swift.

“It’s a wonderful charity. Gardening can be quite a selfish pastime but this is a great way to share your work with others, enjoy a cup of tea and some cake, and raise money for some fantastic causes.

“I also want to support the Green Health Project after I visited them last year during my time as the Vice-Chairman and was really impressed by their work and the dedication of their volunteers.”

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

Calendar of public engagements


27 January Holocaust Memorial Service in Kettering


24 February  Mayor of Kettering Charity Lunch


9 March  Mayor of Rushden Cabaret Evening

11 March World Commonwealth Day flag raising ceremony in Daventry

24 March  Mayor of Corby Sunday Lunch

29 March Chairman of Northamptonshire County Council Civic Ball


13 April  Daventry Town Council Classic Car Show

14 April  Civic Service

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.