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


Chairman's engagements

21 December 2017 - Norwich Cathedral Christmas Carol Service

15 December 2017 - Annual Staff Carol Service

15 December 2017Chairman's Annual Christmas Staff Walkabout

14 December 2017 - Care Leavers Symposium, County Hall

13 December 2017Prince's Trust Presentations, North Earlham Fire Station

12 December 2017 - Springwood Mock Trial Team, Norwich Crown Court

11 December 2017Great Yarmouth Mayor and High Sheriff of Norfolk Civic Carol Service, Great Yarmouth Minster

11 December 2017 - Full Council, County Hall

10 December 2017Wymondham College Christmas Service

10 December 2017St John Ambulance Carol Service and presentations at St Peters & St Paul Church Swaffham

8 December 2017Spixworth Scout Group Community Christmas Dinner

7 December 2017 - Mayor of King's Lynn Civic Reception

6 December 2017 - EDP Stars of Norfolk Awards

6 December 2017 - City College Performing Arts students, New Play “Driven to distraction” promoting road safety. Sprowston High School

5 December 2017 - Diss Christmas Carol Concert

4 December 2017 - Norfolk and Norwich Koblenz Friendship Association Advent Evening

4 December 2017Planetarium Exhibition at the Swan Centre, Downham Market

4 December 2017Careers Fair, Downham Market

3 December 2017Civic Celebration and Cromer Community Carol Concert

1 December 2017 - RAF Mildenhall -  Yuletide Reception

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