Hertfordshire County Council
Arms of Hertfordshire County Council
Cllr Annie Brewster JP, Conservative
since 24 May 2022[1]
Cllr Richard Roberts, Conservative[2]
since 25 May 2021
Chief executive
Owen Mapley
since 12 October 2018
Seats78 councillors
Hertfordshire County Council composition
Political groups
  Conservative (46)
Other parties
  Liberal Democrat (23)
  Labour (7)
  Green Party (1)
  Independent (1)
Joint committees
East of England Local Government Association
Length of term
4 years
First past the post
Last election
6 May 2021
Meeting place
County Hall Hertford - geograph.org.uk - 83636.jpg
County Hall
Pegs Lane

Hertfordshire County Council is the upper-tier local authority for the non-metropolitan county of Hertfordshire, in England, the United Kingdom. After the 2021 election, it consists of 78 councillors, and is controlled by the Conservative Party, which has 46 councillors, versus 23 Liberal Democrats, 7 Labour councillors, 2 Green Party (UK) councillor and 1 Independent councillors. [3] It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association.


Main article: Hertfordshire County Council elections

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 district of Broxbourne are represented by Conservative councillors.


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

Cabinet of Hertfordshire County Council[4]
Office Name Party
Leader of the County Council Richard Roberts Conservative
Deputy Leader Morris Bright Conservative
Executive Member for Resources and Performance Bob Deering Conservative
Executive Member for Education, Libraries and Life Long Learning Terry Douris Conservative
Executive Member for Growth, Infrastructure and Planning Stephen Boulton Conservative
Executive Member for Highways and Transport Phil Bibby Conservative
Executive Member for the Environment Eric Buckmaster Conservative
Executive Member for Children, Young People and Families Teresa Heritage Conservative
Executive Member for Adult Care, Health and Wellbeing Stella Nash Conservative
Executive Member for Public Health and Community Safety Morris Bright Conservative

Council history

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
2021 Conservative



  1. ^ "Council minutes, 24 May 2022" (PDF). Hertfordshire County Council. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  2. ^ Corr, Sinead (25 May 2021). "New leader of Herts County Council sets out four-year agenda". Bishop's Stortford Independent. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Hertfordshire County Council". BBC News. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Executive posts". Hertfordshire County Council. Retrieved 31 March 2022.