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The Chairman of Norfolk County Council is Penny Carpenter (Cons).

The Vice-Chairman is Karen Vincent (Cons).

When Penny retired from her role working for Norfolk Constabulary as a Crime Reduction Officer she entered local politics in 2015. Penny was elected to represent Caister North on Great Yarmouth Borough Council and became the Cabinet Member for Housing & Neighbourhoods.

The following year Penny was made Deputy Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

In 2017 Penny was elected to Norfolk County Council as the County Councillor for Caister Division.

As soon as she joined the County Council, Penny was asked to become Chairman of Children’s Services. She thoroughly enjoyed the role, bringing in a new director and worked closely with her to improve services.

For the last 18 months Penny has been Chairman of Norfolk Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee.

Penny has been Vice-Chairman of Norfolk County Council for the past year and will take up the position of Chairman of Norfolk County Council on 24 May 2021.

Penny very much looks forward to undertaking the role as Chairman of Norfolk County Council in what is still a national pandemic, which has affected so many families up and down the country and those who have worked in providing care and support.

In Penny’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her grandson, going to auctions, gardening and watching the movies old and new, particular favourites are The Thin Man movies with William Powell, to Star Wars. Listening to music from early twenties to present, from big bands, military, Mario Lanza and Doris Day.

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.

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


Chairman's engagements

Sunday 7 November - The Justice Service, Norwich Cathedral

Monday 25 October - Visit to Group Lotus, Hethel

Sunday 24 October - Blue Light Event, Norwich Cathedral

Saturday 23 October - Ashes to Art, Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form, Norwich

Thursday 21 October - Trafalgar Day Supper, King's Lynn Town Hall

Sunday 10 October - The Mayor of Dereham Civic Service, St Nicholas Church. Dereham

Sunday 10 October - The Norfolk and Norwich Novi Sad Annual Luncheon, Park Farm, Hethersett

Saturday 9 October - Edith Cavell Memorial, Norwich Cathedral

Friday 8 October - Mayor of Thetford Civic Reception, Carnegie Rooms, Thetford

Wednesday 6 October - North Norfolk District Council Civic Reception, Fakenham Racecourse

Monday 4 October - Norfolk Coroner's Service, County Hall

Saturday 2 October - Norfolk Blood Bikes, Great Yarmouth

Friday 1 October - The Mayor's Charity Reception, Sandringham House

Thursday 30 September - Visit to RAF Marham

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