Our Chairman

County Councillor Peter Britcliffe is the Chairman of Lancashire County Council, and County Councillor Keith Iddon is Vice-Chairman.

The roles are appointed at the Annual General Meeting of the Full Council held in May and are held for a period of one year. The roles are held by councillors and are non-political.

Meet Councillor Peter Britcliffe, Chairman of the county council

It's a tremendous honour to be elected by my fellow councillors as Chairman of Lancashire County Council. 

I've had the privilege of representing the people of Oswaldtwistle and Hyndburn for many years, and it will be my pleasure to step up and do the same for the whole of Lancashire. 

This is a fantastic county with great prospects, and I am determined to help continue Lancashire's growth, supporting local business and support groups. 

I just want to get out across the county and meet as many people as possible. It's all about trying to improve the quality of lives for the people of Lancashire.

About me

I have lived in Oswaldtwistle for all of my life and have served as a councillor since 1984 and served as the Mayor of Hyndburn between 2017/18. I also spent 25 years working in education as a primary school and special education teacher.

Having always had an interest and been involved in politics, I am now following in the footsteps of my father, who was the chairman of the local Conservative association. 

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my three cats, watching Blackburn Rovers football club, and going to Spain on holiday in the summer. 

My role as chairman

My role primarily is to:

  • preside impartially over meetings of the Full Council
  • attend civic and ceremonial functions
  • act as an ambassador for the county council and promote the council's activities to the public

As part of my role I am looking forward to promoting industry, growth and jobs.  I also want to encourage people to find out about the abundance of history in our county. Our museums and archives are great places for people to go and find out more and I want to promote facilities like these and encourage tourism.

How to invite the Chairman to an event

The Chairman is a non-political role and would be the appropriate person to represent the county council, by invitation, at ceremonial events to undertake ceremonial duties, such as the cutting of a ribbon.

Organisations wishing to invite the Chairman to an event, should meet at least one of the council's key priorities of: Delivering better services; Caring for the vulnerable; Protecting our environment; Supporting economic growth.

At events hosted by the county council such as conferences and seminars, the Chairman would normally be invited to welcome delegates.

If you would like to invite the Chairman to a ceremonial event, please email: civic@lancashire.gov.uk

Please note, the Leader or Deputy Leader would represent the county council, by invitation, at high profile events of county, regional and potentially national interest, for example economic development or regional transport issues.


The Chairman attends many events throughout the year. Below are just some of the events that previous Chairman, County Councillor Barrie Yates attended. We'll be adding new events to this, as they happen throughout the year.