Honorary Aldermen of the Borough of Solihull

The conferring of the title Honorary Alderman is the highest award that can be made to a former Councillor in recognition of exceptional service to the Council.

Becoming an Honorary Alderman

The position of Honorary Alderman is non-political. Solihull Council can award this honour to a Councillor on his or her retirement from the Council.

Honorary Aldermen are proposed and seconded by serving Members of the Council. There must be support for the nomination by not less than two-thirds of the Members voting at a special Council meeting.

To be eligible for nomination, a person must have rendered at least 15 years’ eminent or notable service as a Member of the Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. They must have made a significant contribution to the Council and the people it represents.

Privileges of an Alderman

  • to attend as an observer at meetings of the Council or any other meetings to which the press and public are admitted and to have a seat reserved for this purpose
  • to receive invitations to all civic events to which Members of the Council are invited
  • to walk in civic processions in a position immediately senior to serving Councillors
  • to wear the Badge of Office of Honorary Alderman on civic occasions
  • on death, to have the Borough flag flown at the Solihull Council House at half-mast
  • to enjoy such other privileges as the Council may confer upon them from time to time
  • to enjoy the courtesy title of “Honorary Alderman” and to be addressed as such

Honorary Aldermen of the Borough of Solihull

Irene Chamberlain

Irene Chamberlain served on the Council from 1996-2016 representing the Lyndon Ward. She held the office of Mayor in 2011-2012 and was Deputy Mayor in 2012-13. Irene Chamberlain was made an Honorary Alderman in October 2016.

Norman Davies

Norman Davies served on the Council from 1996-2015 representing the Olton Ward. He held the office of Mayor in 2009-2010. He was Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group from 2005 - 2009 and served as Cabinet member for Education from 2010 -11. Norman Davies was made an Honorary Alderman in October 2015.

Alan Nash

Alan Nash served on the Council from 2000-2015 representing the Kingshurst & Fordbridge Ward. He held the office of Mayor in 2002-2003, and was Leader of the Labour Group from 2014 - 2015.

Mrs Sheila Mary Pittaway

Mrs Sheila Pittaway served on the Council from 1994-2014 representing the Silhill Ward. She held the office of Mayor in 2004-2005. Mrs Pittaway was made an Honorary Alderman in October 2014.

Alan William Martin

Alan Martin served on the Council from 1996-2014 representing the Bickenhill Ward. He held the office of Mayor from 2005-2006. Alan Martin was made an Honorary Alderman in October 2014.

Donald Cornock

Don Cornock served on the Council between 1981-2014 representing the Smith’s Wood Ward. He was made an Honorary Alderman in October 2014.

Ian Doxford Hedley

Ian Hedley served on the Council from 2004 to 2014, representing the Shirley East Ward. He was Leader of the Council from 2010 to 2011, and was made an Honorary Alderman in October 2014.

Dr Peter Lea

(2.12.1938 - 9.11.2016)

Dr Peter Lea served on the Council from 1987 to 2012, representing the Meriden Ward. He was made an Honorary Alderman in May 2012.

Alf Hill

Alf Hill served on the Council from 1973 to 2012, representing the Chelmsley Wood Ward. As the longest serving member, Alf Hill was designated Father of the Council. He was made an Honorary Alderman in May 2012.

Mick Corser

Mick Corser served on the Council from 1984 to 2011, representing the Chelmsley Wood Ward. He was Leader of the Council from 1996 to 1998 and was made an Honorary Alderman in October 2011.

John Graham Reeve

(18.2.1938 – 24.4.2015)
John Reeve served on the Council from 1989 to 2011, representing the Shirley East Ward. He held the office of Mayor in 2006 to 2007 and was made an Honorary Alderman in October 2011.

Graham Andrew Craig

Graham Craig served on the Council from 1989 to 2011 representing the Smith’s Wood Ward. He was made an Honorary Alderman in October 2011.

Brian Chapple

Brian Chapple served on the Council from 1972 to 1976 and from 1982-2002 representing the Lyndon Ward. He held the office of Mayor in 1992-1993 and was made an Honorary Alderman in October 2010.

Mrs Beryl Jeanne Bennett-Kellie

Mrs Beryl Bennett-Kellie served on the Council from 1990 to 2004 representing the Castle Bromwich Ward. She held the office of Mayor in 2001-2002 and was made an Honorary Alderman in October 2010.

Arthur Harper

Arthur Harper served on the Council from 1986 to 2001 representing the Fordbridge Ward. He held the office of Mayor in 1999 to 2000 and was made an Honorary Alderman in October 2010.

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