Chairman of Hart District Council

The role of the Chairman and introducing our current Chairman and Vice-Chairman

About the role of Chairman

The Chairman:

  • is a serving district councillor
  • chairs full Council meetings
  • must remain politically impartial and cannot be a member of the Cabinet
  • is the ceremonial head of the Council and first representative of the district
  • supports local events and functions, raises money for charity and represents the Council and its interests
  • maintains links between Hart and other organisations, both voluntary and commercial
  • promotes the district on visits elsewhere

Our current Chairman

Councillor Peter Wildsmith was elected as Chairman of Hart District Council at the Annual Meeting on 18 May 2023.

    Peter Wildsmith wearing chain of office

    Councillor Peter Wildsmith

    Our current Vice-Chairman

    Our current Vice-Chairman is Councillor Dermot Smith.

    Photo of Councillor Dermot Smith

    Councillor Dermot Smith

    Invite the Chairman to an event

    The Chairman welcomes invitations to attend events held by local organisations such as schools and businesses. Due to demand, the Chairman regrets it may not be possible to accept every invitation. We will contact you within one week should the Chairman be available to attend your event.

    To invite the Chairman to your event, please contact the Chairman's secretary on 01252 774143 or email

    Chairman's charities

    Every year, our elected Chairman chooses charities and causes to support during their year in office.

    For his term, the Chairman has chosen Fleet Phoenix and Vision 4 Youth. Both these focus on young people, breaking down barriers and developing the skills they need to be independent and responsible.

    Fundraising events

    If you have any ideas for an event to raise money for the Chairman's charity, please contact the Chairman's secretary on 01252 774143 or email

    Past Chairmen

    Details of past Chairmen can be found in the following documents: