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Your County, Your Councillors

The Chairman of Hampshire County Council

Every year during May, the full County Council elects a new Chairman and Vice Chairman at its annual meeting. The Chairman must be a County Councillor, but not a member of the Cabinet. The position of Chairman is held for a period of one year only.

The current Chairman of Hampshire County Council is Councillor Colin Davidovitz and he was elected as Chairman at the Annual County Council Meeting held on 30 May 2014.

The current Vice-Chairman is Councillor Jonathan Glen.

The Role of the Chairman

The Chairman of Hampshire County Council is the civic and ceremonial head of the Authority and represents the County Council at a variety of events and functions in Hampshire organised by businesses, churches, local district and borough authorities and many other organisations throughout the County.  The Chairman also attends events which are organised by County Council Departments, such as opening of community homes, schools, youth clubs and museum exhibitions, etc.  The Chairman is ambassadorial, "flying the flag" for Hampshire both within the County and, at times, in neighbouring authorities.  The Chairman is the "first citizen" of the County of Hampshire.

The Chairman’s theme for this year is Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s families and he supports the SSAFA charity. The SSAFA National Armed Forces Charity supports members of the armed forces and their families.

Ceremonial duties include:

  • Being the politically impartial, neutral and non-executive civic and ceremonial head of the County Council
  • Promoting the interests and the reputation of the County Council and Hampshire and acting as an ambassador for both.
  • Carrying out civic, community and ceremonial activities and fostering community identity and pride.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Presiding over meetings of Full Council to ensure that its' business is carried out fairly and efficiently and to ensure that the meeting is conducted in accordance with Standing Orders of the Council, set out in the Rules of Procedure in Part 3 of the Constitution.
  • Ensuring that the Full Council meeting debates matters that concern the local community.
  • To uphold the Constitution.
  • To promote public involvement in the Council's activities.
  • To promote the Council's corporate strategy.


Protocol and Etiquette

Specifically, the Chairman will take precedence (a) during Royal Visits to the County, (b) at events organised by Hampshire County Council or (c) when on Hampshire County Council owned property. However, at events organised within one of the Hampshire Districts or Boroughs, and the event does not conform with (a), (b) or (c), the Mayor or Chairman of that District or Borough will take precedence.

It would be appreciated if the Chairman is met on arrival and escorted throughout the function.

The Chairman should be seated on the immediate right of the person presiding.

In conversation, the Chairman should be addressed as "Chairman".

The preamble for speeches (unless a member of the Royal Family or the Lord-Lieutenant or local Hampshire District/Borough Mayor/Chairman is present) is, "Chairman, Mr Mayor, Ladies and Gentlemen".


How to invite the Chairman of the County Council to an event or function

If you wish to invite the Chairman to attend an event, in the first instance, please send an invitation to:-

The Chairman's Office
The Castle
Hampshire SO23 8UJ

Please do not contact the Chairman direct or send correspondence to his/her home address.  All communication should come through the Chairman's Personal Assistant at The Castle.

The Chairman would also find it very useful if you could provide some background information about your organisation. This is especially important if you wish the Chairman to make a speech. Please tell us:

  • When your organisation started.
  • Your organisation's aims and activities.
  • Membership.
  • Achievements.
  • What do you consider to be special about your organisation?

If you have any queries, please contact the Chairman's Personal Assistant, Natalie Jones.

Telephone: 01962 846441


Councillor Colin Davidovitz BEM

Chairman of Hampshire County Council

Colin Davidovitz joined the Royal Navy at the age of 15 as a boy telegraphist where he later qualified as a Russian linguist and electronic warfare specialist. He was awarded a BEM for ‘outstanding zeal and devotion to duty on naval intelligence’ after a single handed mission in Korea in 1952.

At 25 he left the service to begin a new career as an electronic engineer at the start of Independent Television, where he took part, first in the opening of the London ITV service, then the Scottish and Southern ITV services. After transferring to broadcast management as Controller of Production at Southern Television in 1964, he later served at Central Television as Midland Controller and ended his Broadcasting Career as the Director of Operations on the Board of ITV’s national breakfast time broadcasting Company, TV-am in 1993.

He was elected to Eastleigh Borough Council in 1996 where he served as a Borough Councillor until he resigned after being elected to serve his constituents on Hampshire County Council in 2001.

In 2005 He was invited to join the Cabinet of the County Council as Executive Member for Communications and Efficiency and has overseen a programme of efficiency measures introduced and implemented by officers and staff that has transformed the workings of the County Council and contributed to a wide range of service improvements to benefit the people the Council serves across Hampshire.

After 50 years of being happily married, he is now widowed and has 4 children and 7 grandchildren. When he has the time, his hobbies are yachting, drawing, reading and painting.

He is now Chairman of Hampshire County Council.


Chairman of Hampshire County Council since 1974

  • 1973


    Lord Porchester DL (later became The Rt Hon the Earl of Carnavon KCVO KBE DL)

  • 1977


    L S L White MBE TD DL (later Sir Lynton White)

  • 1985


    C M Jones DL

  • 1987


    J Maynard

  • 1988


    Mrs S M Bartlet DL

  • 1989


    C M Jones DL

  • 1991


    R T Millard

  • 1992


    D Keep

  • 1993


    J Maynard

  • 1994


    K W E Lane

  • 1995


    G J Smith

  • 1996


    N A Best CBE DL

  • 1997


    Captain M Boyle DL

  • 1999


    F A J Emery-Wallis

  • 2001


    A R Rice TD

  • 2002


    P Hutcheson

  • 2003


    Mrs M Snaith

  • 2004


    J V Bryant

  • 2005


    J K West

  • 2006


    Mrs P West

  • 2007


    Mrs P Devereux

  • 2008


    M J Woodhall

  • 2009


    T Knight

  • 2010


    Mrs C Leversha

  • 2011


    Mrs A McNair Scott

  • 2012


    A Joy

  • 2013


    K Thornber CBE


Contact infomation

Chairman's Office
The Castle
Hampshire SO23 8UJ

Telephone: 01962 846441



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