At the Annual General Meeting of Wychavon District Council on 15 May 2019 Councillor Mrs Frances Smith was elected as Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year.

The Vice Chairman for Wychavon 2019/20 is Councillor Robbie Raphael.


A Biography from the Chairman Cllr Mrs Frances Smith


Born and lived in Evesham all my life.

Educated locally. Head girl of Evesham High School for 2 years.

Received Local Government training whilst working at the Evesham Town Clerk’s office.

Served on the Governing Body of Evesham High School for 24 years, last 10 of which was as Chairman.

Retired Local Government officer (over 20 years service), initially working for Worcestershire County Council in the Evesham-based local Education Office, then employed at Wychavon District Council at the Engineer & Surveyor’s office in Evesham. Following Local Government re-organisation moved to the Civic Centre where I finished my working life as PA to a senior officer.

During my time at Wychavon I also trained staff on election procedures.

First elected as a District Councillor-May 2011

Member of Overview & Scrutiny Committee, with particular interest in health matters

Member and Vice-Chairman of the Council’s Localism & Community Funding Advisory Panel.

Wychavon’s representative & Vice-Chairman of Worcestershire County Council’s Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee.

Biggest success

Being elected Mayor of Evesham 2005/6

Spearheading the “Save our Hospital” campaign in 2005 when Evesham Community Hospital was under threat of closure. Presented a 33,000 signature petition to No. 10 Downing Street accompanied by Sir Peter Luff (former MP) and other members of the campaign committee.

Evesham Community Hospital is still open, well used and highly respected by members of the community.

Other involvements

Elected member of Evesham Town Council for Great Hampton Ward since May 1999.

Chairman of The Friends of Evesham Community Hospital - Co-ordinating fund-raising and over-seeing the running the small hospital shop including obtaining/organising volunteers and maintaining shop stock.

Chairman of The Evesham Festival of Music - Chairs Committee which sets up a week long Festival of Music on a biennial basis, hiring venues and performers and seeking sponsorship for the event.

Secretary to Evesham Twinning Association - Dealing with correspondence relating to Evesham’s Twin Towns, Dreux (France), Melsungen (Germany) and Evesham New Jersey (USA).

Member of Evesham Rotary Club

Trustee of John Martin’s Charity

Trustee of John Gardner’s Foundation

Trustee of Deacle & Prince Henry’s Educational Foundation


Married to John (County Councillor) with 2 daughters, Joanne and Claire and 2 grandchildren, Jack and Emma.

My greatest pleasure was accompanying John to Buckingham Palace in November 2009 to receive his OBE together with our 2 daughters.


Representing Evesham Little Hampton Ward on Wychavon District Council and the Great Hampton Ward on Evesham Town Council.

Supporting the Royal British Legion as a Poppy seller

Bell ringer at St. Andrew’s Church, Hampton

My garden


Although I won’t be hosting specific fundraising events this year I will donate any funds received to Friends of Evesham Community Hospital.

Do you know someone turning 100?

The Chairman of Wychavon would like congratulate residents who turn 100 locally by writing to them, in much the same way as the Queen does. If you know someone who is turning 100 please get in touch a month before their birthday and we'll arrange for a letter to be sent.

Please contact Karen Maslen on 01386 565201 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can contact the Chairman's Office by post, telephone or email.