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The Chairman is elected by the whole county council to chair and control the proceedings of full council meetings in a non-political, fair and neutral manner, ultimately having the 'casting vote' on the decisions made.

All full council meetings are webcast and can be watched online

What does the Chairman do?

  • Hosts receptions, afternoon teas and celebration evenings to show the county's appreciation for services given to the people of the county by communities, volunteers, groups and individuals.

  • Promotes the objectives and services of the county council and Staffordshire itself.

  • Supports the core values with the council's PDF Document Strategic Plan 2018 to 2022 (790 KB).

The current Chairman and Vice-Chairman were elected on 23 May 2019.

You can view a list of past chairmen from 1889 to present day.

Chairman - Kath Perry

vice chair

Kath was born and educated in Staffordshire and has spent most of her working life here.

She has also forged a career in music as a singer, working with professional acts ranging from groups to an eighteen piece dance band. Singing is something that she still very much enjoys and it has enabled her to raise a great deal of money for various good causes. She enjoys local history, reading and meeting people.

She has been a member of the Conservative Party for a number of years has been a parish councillor and a South Staffordshire District Councillor representing Great Wyrley since 1995. She became a county councillor representing Cheslyn Hay, Essington and Great Wyrley Division in 2005.

She was Vice-Chairman of the Council from 25 May 2017 - 23 May 2019.

She is supported in her role by her husband Ray and her family.

Vice-Chairman - Paul Snape

Paul was born in Wednesfield, Staffordshire, and educated both locally and in Romsey in Hampshire. He is a graduate of Wolverhampton Polytechnic, now Wolverhampton University. He has spent all of his working life in the Midlands area. Firstly as a Police Officer for over 30 years and since retirement in 2008 as a self-employed Legal Advisor and Lecturer. He is involved in various charitable and social organisations throughout Staffordshire and has a keen interest in European and Middle Eastern History. He is a supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club.

He has been a member of the Conservative Party since 2009 and a District Councillor in Cannock Chase 2011-2019. In May 2017 he was elected to Staffordshire County Council and represents the Cannock Town Division.

His wife, Susan, supports him as Vice-Chairman's Consort. 

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