Hertfordshire County Council

Hertfordshire County Council is the upper-tier local authority for the non-metropolitan county of Hertfordshire, in England, the United Kingdom. After the elections in 2017, it consists of 78 councillors, and is controlled by the Conservative Party, which has 50 councillors, versus 19 Liberal Democrats and 9 Labour councillors. It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association.

Hertfordshire County Council
Arms of Hertfordshire County Council
Chair of the Council
Cllr Colette Wyatt-Lowe, Conservative
since 24 May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr David Williams, Conservative
Chief executive
Owen Mapley
since 12 October 2018
Seats78 councillors
Hertfordshire County Council composition
Political groups
     Conservative (50)
Other parties
     Liberal Democrat (18)
     Labour (10)
Joint committees
East of England Local Government Association
Length of term
4 years
First past the post
Last election
4 May 2017
Meeting place
County Hall Hertford - geograph.org.uk - 83636.jpg
County Hall
Pegs Lane


Elections are held every four years, interspersed by three years of elections to the ten district councils in the county.

Conservative candidates represent most of the county's rural areas, and almost all of eastern Hertfordshire is Conservative-controlled. St Albans, Three Rivers and Watford are Liberal Democrat strong areas, whilst Stevenage is Labour's strongest area. All seats in the districts of Broxbourne and East Hertfordshire are represented by Conservative councillors.


The Cabinet consists of the Leader of the Council and other Executive Members.[1]

Office Name Party
Leader of the County Council David Williams Conservative
Deputy Leader Teresa Heritage Conservative
Executive Member for Resources and Performance Ralph Sangster Conservative
Executive Member for Community Safety and Waste Management Terry Hone Conservative
Executive Member for Education, Libraries and Localism Terry Douris Conservative
Executive Member for Growth, Infrastructure, Planning and the Economy Derrick Ashley Conservative
Executive Member for Highways and the Environment Phil Bibby Conservative
Executive Member for Children, Young People and Families Teresa Heritage Conservative
Executive Member for Adult Care and Health Richard Roberts Conservative
Executive Member for Public Health and Prevention Tim Hutchings Conservative

Council historyEdit

Year Control
1973 No overall control
1977 Conservative
1981 Conservative
1985 No overall control
1989 Conservative
1993 No overall control
1997 No overall control
2001 Conservative
2005 Conservative
2009 Conservative
2013 Conservative
2017 Conservative


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External linksEdit