Role of the Chairman of the Parish Council

Meeting ImageKey Points

  • The role of the Chairman of a meeting is to keep order and control the meeting in accordance with Standing Orders.
  • The Chairman may exercise a second or casting vote in the event of a tie in votes on any question to be decided at a meeting.
  • For all other matters the status of a Chairman is the same as any other Councillor.

General Responsibilities

  • Formally preside at the meeting.
  • Ensure that the meeting considers the business before it.
  • Keep control of the meeting.
  • Maintain good order.
  • Apply Standing Orders that the meeting is subject to.

The Councillors and the public present are expected to respect and obey the Chairman.

The Chairman must be firm but fair in what he/she does.