Hertfordshire County Council

05/25/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/25/2023 03:55

Councillor Terry Douris elected as new Chairman of Hertfordshire County Council

Published: 25 May 2023

Councillor Terry Douris, county councillor for Bridgewater, has today (23 May 2023) been elected by Hertfordshire County Council to become the 39th Chairman since 1889.

A Hertfordshire resident since the age of five, Councillor Douris has served the people of Hertfordshire for over twelve years, most recently holding the executive portfolio for education, libraries and lifelong learning.

In addition to serving the people of Hertfordshire, Councillor Douris has also previously held the position of Armed Forces Champion and Chairman of the Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant Board. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the county to those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families that they are treated fairly. The covenant focusses on helping members of the armed forces community have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen.

Speaking about his appointment as Chairman of the county council, Councillor Douris said:

"To be elected to the position of Chairman by so many county council colleagues is an honour and I hope to use my time in office to promote our wonderful county, highlighting both the exceptional people and organisations who make Hertfordshire the best county in the country.

"I would like to also thank outgoing Chairman, Councillor Annie Brewster for her tireless work. She's a tough act to follow but I'm sure she'll be on hand to help me as I find my feet in this new and exciting role."

The Chairman runs meetings of the Council to ensure business is conducted efficiently and in accordance with the law and the Constitution.

The Chairman also represents the county council at a plethora of events across the county in a supportive role, including citizenship ceremonies, awards presentations, school visits and charity fundraising events.

If you'd like the Chairman to attend an event email [email protected] or write to

Chairman's Secretary

Hertfordshire County Council

County Hall

Hertford, SG13 8DE