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The Chairman is elected by the whole council to run council meetings in a fair manner. To do this, the Chairman must distance themselves from the political business of the council.
The Chairman also has a broader role to engage with the people of Leicestershire – so his or her time is spent at 300-400 events, meetings and engagements.
During the year the Chairman will host dinners, receptions and celebrations to show appreciation for service given to the county by representatives of business, faiths, community and volunteering, sport and more.
Invitations to the Chairman
If you would like to invite the Chairman to an event, please send a formal invitation, including all of the event details to Chairman@leics.gov.uk.
The Chairman gives his support to the following groups:
The Chairman takes priority over borough and district dignitaries at county-wide events organised by the county council. For events local to a borough or district, the Chairman will take the position after the local civic head.
Events in Leicester and Rutland
If the Chairman is invited to an event in the City of Leicester or Rutland it’s assumed that the Lord Mayor and Chairman of Rutland will have been invited, and will take precedence.
Other Civic Dignitaries
On occasions where The Chairman is not the only dignitary attending, it’s important to follow the correct order of precedence.
The Lord–Lieutenant of Leicestershire takes priority over Chairmen and Mayors
The High Sheriff takes priority after the Lord-Lieutenant
There are no formal rules around the Leader of the Council and county councillors. However the Leader of the Council is the senior member and this should be considered when planning seating and speeches.
If an event includes the local MP they should be recognised but local civic dignitaries should take precedence.
If you are in any doubt - please contact the Civic Affairs Office.