Chairman and Vice Chairman
Chairman, Councillor Ann Kerridge
The current Chairman of the Council is Councillor Ann Kerridge who represents Bodmin St Mary’s. She was elected as Chairman in May 2015 having previously served as Vice Chairman from 2013.
Councillor Kerridge was first elected to the then Cornwall County Council in 2005 having served on North Cornwall District Council since 2003, and has held various positions including Vice Chair of the Corporate Resources Scrutiny Committee 2005 – 2009. Lead member on the Implementation Executive, for resources and for customer access.
Before being elected to the Council, she worked for the Cornwall Library Service and ran the North Cornwall Citizen’s Advice Bureau. In addition to her role as Chairman she is appointed to Cornwall Housing’s Board of Directors.
Vice Chairman, Councillor Mary May
Councillor May represents Penryn West Division of Cornwall Council. Having lived in Penryn for over 45 years she has had the distinguished honour of being Mayor of the Town of Penryn on 6 occasions.
Whilst serving on the former Carrick District Council she also held the office of Vice Chairman. Prior to being elected Vice Chairman of Cornwall Council, she was Vice Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee.
Within her local community she organises an older person’s club, the Annual Town Fair and Penryn Week; she is secretary of the Royal British Legion Penryn Branch and for many years she has served on both Infant and Junior School as governor and Chairman. For the last 13 years of her working life she was a Bereavement Officer at Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust.
The Role of the Chairman
The Chairman is elected by the Council each May and serves for 12 months.
They are the civic and ceremonial head of the Authority and represent Cornwall Council at a variety of events and functions in a non-political role. The Chairman promotes the interest and the reputation of the Duchy acting as an ambassador for Cornwall.
The Chairman also presides 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 the Constitution. The Chairman promotes public involvement in the Council’s activities and promotes the Council’s corporate strategy.
Events and Invitations
The Civic office welcomes invitations for the Chairman. If you would like to invite the Chairman to an event please:
- write to:
Councillor Ann Kerridge
Cornwall TR1 3AY
- send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- telephone the Civic Office on 01872 322349
Please include details of your event including the date, venue and expected time of arrival. Please say if there is something in particular you would like the Chairman to do, such as present certificates, make a speech or draw a raffle. It is helpful if someone can meet the Chairman on their arrival and it would be very useful if a parking place can be reserved.
Civic and Royal Protocol and Order
The Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall (which for ceremonial purposes includes the Isles of Scilly) is The Queen's representative and, if attending an event, takes precedence over all local dignitaries. If not in attendance, the Chairman of Cornwall Council has precedence over all visiting dignitaries including Town Mayors but not the High Sheriff of Cornwall if they are present.
Further advice or clarification on protocol can be sought from the Civic Office.