Chairman of the council

The Chairman of East Hampshire District Council for 2018-19 
is Cllr Anthony Williams
If you would like to invite the Chairman to attend a function,
please email the Chairman's assistant, Kim Combes on or phone 01730 234002. 

Cllr Williams has been a District Councillor for Headley from 1983 to 1989, and since 2003. He is also a Headley Parish Councillor since 1979, and has lived in Headley for 42 years. He has served on, and been a member of, various village organisations during this time, and is currently a Trustee of St. Francis Community Church. 

Cllr Williams' Consort during his year as Chairman, is his wife Pamela. 

Anthony is looking forward to his Chairmanship, in particular meeting members of the public, and a selection of the many charities, commercial organisations and schools and youth groups in the District. Hopefully such visits will raise the profile of both the various organisations as well as the District Council. 

Anthony has chosen as his two Chairman's Charities - the Rosemary Foundation, and Home-Start Wey Water. The Rosemary Foundation provides a "Hospice at Home" service for terminally ill residents in the District. Home-Start provides volunteers to visit and support mothers with young children through times of stress.

He looks forward to supporting the fund-raising efforts of both charities. 

The role of the Chairman 

Each year a different member of the council is elected to be Chairman at the Annual Council Meeting in May.  

While in office, the Chairman chairs EHDC’s Full Council meetings, supports local events and functions, raises money for charity and furthers the interests and reputation of the council.  

As a non-political position, the Chairman presides over meetings of the Full Council to ensure business can be carried out efficiently and with due regard to the rights of councillors and the interests of the community. 

The Chairman will select at least one local charity to support and will use the profile of the office to raise funds and attract publicity for those charities during the year. 

The Chairman will also maintain links between the council and other organisations, both voluntary and commercial, and promote the district on visits elsewhere. 

Events attended will vary from civic and ceremonial functions, to charity or community events to business launches. Which events to attend is entirely at the discretion of the Chairman. 

By law the Chairman is the first citizen throughout the district and takes precedence over all others save only the Queen or her representative, the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire. 

The Chairman is addressed as Mr Chairman (or Madam Chairman) and correspondence should be addressed to the Chairman of East Hampshire District Council.  

Whenever a representative of the district council is required to officiate at a public function it is appropriate for the Chairman to be invited. This applies when distinguished visitors of national or international significance are being welcomed to the district. 

Vice Chairman 

The Vice Chairman of East Hampshire District Council for 2018-19 is Cllr Keith Budden. In the absence of the Chairman the Vice-Chairman is empowered to act.