The Chairman of Norfolk County Council is Margaret Stone (Cons).
The Vice-Chairman is Harry Humphrey (Cons).
The main duty of the Chairman is to chair meetings of full council. The Chairman is the civic ambassador for the authority, and represents the council at events including citizenship ceremonies, remembrance, community events and royal visits.
The Chairman receives invitations from all parts of the community and attends as many as possible throughout the year. The Chairman is non-political and cannot be involved with political or contentious events.
In September 2017, John Ward, the outgoing Chairman for the 2017-18 civic year, challenged any youth organisation in Norfolk to take part in an activity to engage with lonely, isolated or vulnerable people in their local communities as part of his support for the Norfolk County Council ‘In Good Company’ and ‘No Lonely Day’ campaigns. He also challenged staff at Norfolk County Council to a Volunteering Challenge to promote volunteering.
The Chairman was thrilled that this was taken up by so many young people from many organisations, including cadets, scouts and guides from across Norfolk. Also many staff had come forward for the Staff Challenge supporting a wide range of organisations.
On 27 April 2018 a presentation reception was held at County Hall to celebrate the Chairman’s Youth Challenge, which was attended by over 70 young people from six organisations from across the county representing around 500 young people. They included scouts, guides, Princes Trust projects and uniformed organisations and around 80 guests including the Lord Lieutenant Richard Jewson and the High Sheriff of Norfolk Charles Watt. The Chairman presented certificates and a specially commissioned badge to the young people. The scouts and guides County Commissioners, Matthew Burrell and Pat Pinnington, gave special permission for their young people to wear the badge on their uniforms.
Presentations were made to: 901 Troop Marine Cadets, 1st Bowthorpe Rainbows & Brownies, 1st Diss Rainbows and Brownies, 1st Freethorpe Guides, 1st Long Stratton Cubs, 1st Mattishall and District Beaver Scouts, 17Th Norwich Scouts, 2nd Oulton Brownies, 4th Oulton Broad Brownies, 1st Spixworth Scout Group, 1st Terrington St Clement Rainbows & Guides - Freebridge Marshland Rangers, Watton and Fakenham Army Cadet Units, Norwich Police Cadets, North Norfolk Police Cadets, South Norfolk Police Cadets, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Princes Trust Project Norwich, NF&RS Princes Trust Project North Walsham, NF&RS Princes Trust Project Kings Lynn, NF&RS Princes Trust Project Dereham and also About with Friends from Cromer for also supporting the Chairman’s Challenge.
Then on 3 May the Chairman held a presentation reception for the Chairman’s Staff Volunteering Challenge to celebrate volunteering by staff/members of Norfolk County Council and also some retired staff members. This was attended by 22 members of staff/members who received certificates from the Chairman to recognise their volunteering, accompanied by their guests and also guests from the organisations they volunteer with.
Presentations were made to: Cllr Julie Brociek-Coulton, Matthew Cotton, Carol Dawson, Megan Dennis, Cllr Nigel Dixon, Juliette Elwick, Rachel Farley, Jenny Groom, Alun Housago, Lucy Kemp, Elizabeth Matthews, Annie Moseley, Luke Parker, Farah Rehman, Ian Roe, Steve Russell, Rhiannon Smith, Cllr Alison Thomas, Jennifer Thompson, Judith Tigerschiold, Anna Wade and Louise Wilson.
8 May - Full Council, County Hall and handover to new Chairman
5 May - Remembrance Service, Norwich Cathedral
4 May - Norfolk Showcase & Awards Evening, Norwich
4 May - Private tour of the underground bunker at RAF Neatishead
4 May - National Firefighters’ Memorial Day in Norfolk
3 May - Chairman reception, Chairman’s Volunteering Challenge Staff Awards
3 May - RAF Marham Freedom Parade, Kings Lynn
2 May - Citizenship Ceremony, County Hall