Chairman of the council

Find out about the current county council Chairman Cllr Graham Lawman, Vice Chairman Cllr Stephen Legg and previous Chairmen.

Current Chairman

Cllr Graham Lawman

Councillor Graham Lawman

The newly elected Chairman for 2020 to 2021 is Cllr Graham Lawman. The Vice Chairman for 2020 to 2021 is Cllr Stephen Legg.

Councillor Graham Lawman has been elected as the latest – and almost certainly last – Chairman of Northamptonshire County Council.

He has served on the Council since 2009, firstly for Boughton Green, then two terms for the Croyland & Swanspool Division in Wellingborough.

At NCC, he has been Chairman of the Pensions Committee and Investment Sub-Committee for 8 years, Deputy Chairman of Development Control, an Assistant Cabinet Member and served on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Environment and Transport Scrutiny Committees along with other Council working groups.

He has also been a Borough Councillor in Wellingborough since 2006, where he has been Mayor, Deputy Mayor and chaired the Services, Development & Audit Committees as well as membership of Resources and Planning Committees.

Graham is proud to have contribute to the town of Wellingborough in other ways, chairing the board of Shire Community Services – the Wellibus – for whom he has been known to volunteer drive on excursions, being a public governor of Kettering General Hospital, a Governor of the Hatton Academy Trust and Croyland Primary School, a trustee of the Victoria Centre and board member of Hemmingwell Community and Skills Centre.

“I am delighted and honoured to be the 132nd Chairman of the County Council, after some illustrious company! Whilst this year is very different to previous ones in having few meetings and rare opportunities to meet residents and represent the Council around the County, I am still hoping to enjoy the time and engage as much as possible.”

Graham is married to Lora, a fellow Borough Councillor, and has a daughter who is a solicitor. Lora has a son in her native Germany and three grandchildren.

Out of Council, Graham is the Hon Secretary of the Northants Cricket League, where he umpires regularly, having retired as a player, a supporter of the Doughboys and loves listening to music, driving (when it’s allowed) and reading as well as keeping up with current affairs.

Past Chairmen

Councillor Stephen Legg, pictured with Councillor Steve OsborneCouncillor Stephen Legg

The Chairman for 2019 to 2020 was Cllr Stephen Legg and the Vice Chairman for 2019 to 2020 was Cllr Wendy Brackenbury.

Councillor Steve Osborne

The Chairman for 2018 to 2019 was Cllr Steve Osborne and the Vice Chairman for 2018 to 2019 was Cllr Malcolm Waters.

Councillor Dudley Hughes

The Chairman for 2017 to 2018 was Cllr Dudly Hughes and the Vice Chairman for 2017 to 2018 was Cllr Stephen Legg.





Councillor Jim Harker, OBE

The Chairman for 2016 to 2017 was Cllr Jim Harker OBE and the Vice Chairman for 2016 to 2017 was Councillor Dudley Hughes.

  • Chairman's events Annual General Meeting - May 2016: Councillor Larratt handed over to Councillor Jim Harker, OBE as Chairman of the council.
  • Garden party - Sunday 25 September 2016: A gathering of Cllr Jim Harker's guests at Boughton House.Guests at Boughton House

Councillor Phil Larratt 

The Chairman for 2015 to 2016 was Cllr Phil Larratt.

  • Caring and Sharing Trust presentation - Thursday 12 May: Cllr Larrett handed a check for £9772.77 to the Caring and Sharing Trust.
  • Beacon Lighting Celebrations for Her majesty's 90th Birthday - Thursday 21 April: 150 children from 3 locals schools – Wootton Primary, Caroline Chisholm and Preston Hedges delighted the crowd with their singing during the evening. Also music was provided from NMPAT and LNR ACF A Company Corp of Drums. Chairman, Cllr Larratt and Sir John Robinson Bt DL.
  • Mercedes AMG Presentation event - Monday 15 February: Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical) of Mercedes Grand Prix Ltd, Cllr Phil Larratt, Chairman of Northamptonshire County Council, Andy Cowell, Managing Director of Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd.

Mercedes AMG presentation event

  • BBC Radio Northampton's Northamptonshire day event - Sunday 25 October 2015: Bill Fawcett and Archie, Cllr Phill Larratt, Bernie Keith and Riley.

BBC Radio Northampton's day event

  • Civic Service with cub scouts - Sunday 11 October 2015: The Chairman, Councillor Larratt with cub scouts from Hardingstone and The Reverend Deborah Marsh

Civic service with Cub scouts

  • Guide dogs at County Hall - Saturday 26 September: The Chairman, Councillor Larratt with guide dogs and their owners at County Hall to launch National guide dog week, from Monday 28 September to Sunday 01 November.

Guide dogs at County Hall

  • Merchant Navy Day - Thursday 3 September 2015: The Chairman, Cllr Larratt at flag raising for Red Ensign.Navey Merchant day
  • Chairman’s Civic Dinner – Friday 13 March 2015: Photographs from the evening can be obtained from James Rudd Photography.