Chair's role

The Chair is the civic leader of Gloucestershire.

Cllr Alan Preest (Chair) (Conservative) 

Cllr Stephen Hirst (Vice-Chair) (Conservative) 

At the annual meeting in May, full council elects a new chair. They must be a serving county councillor but not a member of the cabinet.

The chair's ceremonial duties include:

  • being the civic leader of Gloucestershire
  • promoting the interests and the reputation of the county council and Gloucestershire and acting as an ambassador for both
  • carrying out civic, community and ceremonial activities and fostering community identity and pride
  • presiding over meetings of the full council to ensure that its business is carried out fairly and efficiently

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