The Council Chairman for 2021 – 2022 is County Councillor Mat Feakins 

Appointment of the Chairman 

  • The Chairman, who is the Civic Head of the Council, is elected in May of each year at the Annual Meeting of the County Council. 
  • The Chairman must be a serving Councillor and must remain politically impartial during their year of office. 
  • During the Annual Meeting of Council the Chairman appoints a Consort for their term of office. 
  • The Vice Chairman of the Council is also appointed at the Annual Meeting and will represent the Chairman at meetings and events in his/her absence. 

The Role of the Chairman 

The Chairman has the following responsibilities: 

  • 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 uphold and promote the purposes of the Constitution when necessary. 
  • 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 are able to hold the executive and committee Chairman 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/she determines appropriate e.g. royal visits, charitable events, supporting local cultural activities.  Whilst representing the County the Chairman wears a Chain of Office.  By stature, the Chairman takes precedence within the County, with the exception of Her Majesty the Queen or her representative for the County, the Lord Lieutenant. 
  • The Chairman can nominate a charity of their choice and host fund raising events throughout their term of office. 
  • The Chairman acts as First Citizen for the County fostering community identity and pride by actively promoting local areas and raising the profile of Monmouthshire and the Council. 

County Councillor Mat Feakins 

Chairman  2021/22 

Born in Carmarthen and schooled in Somerset, Mat has always been a team player, enjoying the first XV, first XI and County squad for athletics; returning to the family farm just outside Monmouth for ten years before leaving the country to further his ambition. 

One of the very early pioneers of the internet, Mat migrated to the Caribbean and established one of the very first internet lotteries in the world.  Whilst there he also established several related companies to include an on-line payment gateway and offshore bank.  He later swapped the tropical climate and island life for a new venture offering offshore legal services in southern Spain. 

Returning to the UK for family reasons, Mat had to essentially start over and quickly set to work as a labourer on a building site, hodding bricks and carrying blocks.  Saving up over a number of years, he trained as an electrician and quickly grew an electrical contracting business, which blossomed into renewables and culminated in becoming the principal contractor on over £70m worth of solar PV development across the UK, building out over 500,000 solar panels, which continue to provide electricity for over 50,000 homes. 

Mat continues to be actively involved in renewables and energy and has since returned to his roots in farming in Monmouthshire.   

He is a member if the Energy Institute, Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Directors.  

Chosen charity during term of office for 2021–22: The Prince’s Countryside Fund 

If you would like to invite the Chairman to an event or would like him to visit a community facility, please contact the Chairman’s PA, Linda Greer:  

Tel 01633 644020 or email lindagreer@monmouthshire.gov.uk alternatively write to: The Chairman’s Office, Monmouthshire County Council, County Hall, Rhadyr, Usk  NP15 1GA.  (It would be appreciated if all correspondence could please be sent via the Chairman’s Office and not directly to the Chairman). 

Should the Chairman be unable to attend an event due to a prior commitment the invitation will be passed to the Vice-Chairman, County Councillor Ann Webb