The Chairman of Norfolk County Council is John Ward (Cons).

The Vice-Chairman is Margaret Stone (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.

Born locally, married with two grown up children, John has now retired from a career in retail management, and become involved in local politics serving on town, district and county councils, a former Town Mayor and District Council Chairman and now Chairman of Norfolk County Council.  

A lifetime interest in museums saw him appointed to the Norfolk Joint Museums Committee where he is currently Chairman. He has also served on Planning at both district and county level. A governor of a local school, an active volunteer with Oxfam and Christian Aid and being involved with the Norwich Society and the National Trust, John is keen to protect and enhance our environment and society.  

Also as a former boy scout, and his wife a former brownie guide, John is keen to promote scouting, girl guiding and the air, army, sea, police and fire cadets.  

As First Citizen of Norfolk, the Chairman’s theme for his civic year is to promote and raise awareness for youth groups and community youth development work in Norfolk.

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