Our Chairman

County Councillor Barrie Yates is the Chairman of Lancashire County Council, and County Councillor Peter Britcliffe 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 Barrie Yates, Chairman of the county council

I am looking forward to this year as Chairman of Lancashire County Council.  

It is a tremendous honour to be elected by my fellow councillors and I will do my best to repay their trust in me.

I will work with all councillors as an independent chairman for the benefit of everyone who lives in our county.  I am particularly keen on promoting local industry and encouraging people to find out more about their county.  

About me

I was born in Preston and have been a county councillor for eight years and have served on South Ribble Borough Council for 30 years, representing South Ribble East.

I live in Higher Walton with my wife Kathleen and I have two children, Louise and Mark. I have worked as a motor mechanic and quality engineer, at Bosal UK and am a keen historian, which is why I want to encourage people to find out more about Lancashire and its hidden secrets.

Aside from politics, my hobbies include bowling, sightseeing and history.

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.

Recent events the Chairman has attended

Raising the flag at the Lancashire Day Proclamation