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    Office of the Provost

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    Councillor Ian Clarkson (PenPic)

    The current Provost of North Ayrshire Council is Councillor Ian Clarkson.  The Depute Provost is Councillor Robert Barr.  

    Councillor Clarkson was elected to Office on the 30 August 2016 following a change in Administration.

    Councillor Barr was elected to Office at the first meeting of the Council following the Scottish Local Government Elections held in May 2012.


    The Provost is the civic head of the Council.  As well as chairing meetings of the Council and representing her ward constituents, the Provost represents the Council at a range of civic and official events. 

    The Provost also hosts an annual Provost's Dinner which recognises community champions who enrich the lives of others.  The event also raises money for good causes.


    The Chains of Office


    Typically when carrying out official functions, the Provost and Depute Provost will wear their official Chains of Office which bear the Coats of Arms of the Council.   

    On leaving Office, the name of the outgoing Provost and/or Depute Provost is added to a link on their official Chain of Office, together with the period they held office.  The names of all former Provosts and Depute Provosts appear on the current Chains of Office.

    It is also a tradition to mark the Provost's time in office by presenting him or her with the Former Provost's medal.

    Getting in touch with the Provost and Depute Provost

    As well as contacting Councillors Clarkson and Barr in their capacity as local Councillors, members of the public may request the Provost's/Depute Provost's input to special events, for example, commemorating 100th birthdays or Diamond Wedding Anniversaries of family members.  

    Such requests, and all invitations to the Provost and Depute Provost, should be directed in the first instance to the Provost's Office Coordinator using the contact details opposite.   

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