The Chair of the Council

The Council elects its Chair and Vice Chair each year. Currently the Chair is Cllr Nigel Taylor and the Vice Chair is Cllr Mark Keating.

The role of the Chair, and in their absence, the Vice-Chair, is

  • to uphold and promote the purposes of the Constitution, and to interpret the Constitution when necessary
  • to preside over meetings of the Council so that its business can be carried out efficiently and with regard to the rights of councillors and the interests of the community
  • to ensure that the Council meeting is a forum for the debate of matters of concern to the local community and the place at which members who are not on the Executive Board are able to hold the Board to account
  • to promote public involvement in the Council’s activities
  • to be the conscience of the Council
  • to attend such civic and ceremonial functions as the Council and he or she determines appropriat

For more information about the Chair or Vice Chair of the Council please contact:

Democratic Services
Somerset County Council,
County Hall,
Phone 01823 357628