Hertfordshire County Council

Hertfordshire County Council
Arms of Hertfordshire County Council
Chair of the Council
Cllr Seamus Quilty, Conservative
since 25 May 2021[1]
Leader of the Council
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
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(c) Robin Hall, CC BY-SA 2.0
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 and 9 Labour councillors.[3] It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association.


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.[4]

Leader of the County CouncilRichard RobertsConservative
Deputy LeaderTeresa HeritageConservative
Executive Member for Resources and PerformanceRalph SangsterConservative
Executive Member for Community Safety and Waste ManagementTerry HoneConservative
Executive Member for Education, Libraries and LocalismTerry DourisConservative
Executive Member for Growth, Infrastructure, Planning and the EconomyConservative
Executive Member for Highways and the EnvironmentPhil BibbyConservative
Executive Member for Children, Young People and FamiliesTeresa HeritageConservative
Executive Member for Adult Care and HealthRichard RobertsConservative
Executive Member for Public Health and PreventionTim HutchingsConservative

Council history

1973No overall control
1985No overall control
1993No overall control
1997No overall control



  1. ^ Louis, Nathan (28 May 2021). "Seamus Quilty named new chairman of Hertfordshire County Council". Watford Observer. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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Hertfordshire flag. The county flag of Hertfordshire registered by the Flag Institute
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Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the style used by the Government of Queen Elizabeth II from 1953 to the present (as used in all places except Scotland).
Quarterly, First and Fourth Gules three lions passant guardant in pale Or armed and langued Azure (for England), Second quarter Or a lion rampant within a double tressure flory counter-flory Gules (for Scotland), Third quarter Azure a harp Or stringed Argent (for Ireland), the whole surrounded by the Garter; for a Crest, the imperial crown Proper; for Supporters, dexter a lion rampant guardant Or crowned as the Crest, sinister a unicorn Argent armed, crined and unguled Proper, gorged with a coronet Or composed of crosses patée and fleurs de lys a chain affixed thereto passing between the forelegs and reflexed over the back also Or; Motto 'Dieu et mon Droit’ ('God and my Right') below the shield.
  • PINCHES, J.H & R.V., The Royal Heraldry of England, 1974, Heraldry Today.
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This is the logo for Hertfordshire County Council.

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County Hall Hertford. This is the front entrance of County Hall Hertford. To each side of the door there are life-size bronze harts.
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  Conservatives: 46 seats
  Independent: 1 seat
  Greens: 1 seat
  Labour 4: 7 seats
  Liberal Democrats: 23 seats