As a Town Council Chair I can automatically be on all 5 committees. I do, but not because I can but because I want to. I have accumulated a lot of knowledge, through training, research and also this great forum. It often comes in very useful at committees as well as full council. I am currently chair of one committee, mainly because no-one else wants to be! I am hoping to be chair of the newly formed HR committee. Why? Because I have in my pre-retired life worked in management, have knowledge about employment law, ran 2 businesses, and dealt with numerous staff including target setting and appraisals. I firmly believe that committees should choice the best person for the job to be their Chair. If that person happens to be the chair of the town/parish council I don't see that it matters.