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The Chair of Norfolk County Council is Cllr Stuart Dark.

The Vice-Chair is Cllr Tom FitzPatrick.


Stuart lives in Snettisham with his wife Kerry and two children, who attended local state schools. All his immediate family proudly call Norfolk 'home', with his sister, a retired Norfolk primary school Headteacher living in Walsingham and his parents living in Hunstanton. 

Stuart grew up in West London and joined the Metropolitan Police from school. He was commended many times during his career and is a recipient of that force's seldom awarded highest operational honour, a 'Commissioner's High Commendation', for his work in SE Asia immediately following the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. He retired from policing in 2015, after 30 years public service, as a senior officer in the serious and organised crime arena.    

He has been active in his local community, both formally and informally for years, having been a primary School Governor and Parish Councillor.  He was first elected to the County Council in 2017 and has been both Vice-Chair and Chair of its 'Children's Services' Committee.  He has also been an active member of Norfolk's 'Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee' and its 'Police and Crime Panel'.  

Stuart has also been a Councillor on King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council since 2018, taking on the new Cabinet role for co-ordinating the response to the Covid pandemic with partners and later leading that large district Council, from May 2021 until May 2023.  

He was awarded an MBE in 2020 for services to his community. 

Away from politics, Stuart is interested in history, most sports and the Arts. 

Stuart's theme for the year will be: supporting and celebrating volunteers and promoting volunteering in Norfolk.


Roles and responsibilities

The main duty of the Chair is to chair meetings of full council. The Chair is the civic ambassador for the authority, and represents the council at events including remembrance, community events and royal visits.


Request attendance of the Chair

The Chair receives invitations from all parts of the community and attends as many as possible throughout the year. The Chair is non-political and cannot be involved with political or contentious events. 

To request the attendance of the Chair to an event, please complete and submit the request attendance of the Chair online form. Please complete all the questions if possible.  


Contact the Chair

Chair's Office
Democratic Services
Ground Floor South Wing
County Hall
Martineau Lane



Chair's engagements

June 2024

Sunday 2 June - SENDfest 2024 Easton College

Monday 3 June - Norfolk Science and Technology Day, Norwich School

Tuesday 4 June - Citizenship Ceremony - County Hall, Norwich

Wednesday 5 June - Volunteering Showcase, Norfolk & Norwich Hospital

Thursday 6 June - D-Day Service, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn

Thursday 6 June - RAF Marham Freedom of the Borough Parade/D-Day Commemoration

Friday 7 June - Give it a go extravaganza - The Forum, Norwich

Friday 7 June - Family hubs celebration - The Forum, Norwich

Friday 7 June - Voluntary Norfolk Presentations Colegate, Norwich

Friday 7 June - Launch of Flourish Youth Awards, The Forum, Norwich

Sunday 9 June - Civic Service, Kings Lynn

Sunday 9 June - Civic Service, Norwich

Saturday 15 June - The Paul Cross Memorial, Wymondham Abbey

Sunday 16 June - High Sheriffs Summer Reception, Kings Lynn

Thursday 20 June - Citizenship Ceremony - County Hall, Norwich

Friday 21 June - Change of Command Ceremony, RAF Lakenheath

Monday 24 June - Armed Forces Flag Raising Ceremony - County Hall, Norwich

Wednesday 26/27 June - Royal Norfolk Show, Norfolk Showground

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