Councillor Jeffrey Trail BEM

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Title: Chair of the Council

Party: Conservative

Division: Exmouth

Other councillors representing this Division:

Parish: Lympstone ; Woodbury

District: East Devon

Contact information

Home address: 
34 Port Mer Close

Home phone:  01395 277311



Committee appointments

Term of Office

  • 05/05/2017 - 06/05/2021

Additional Information

As Chair of the Council


The Chair of Devon County Council is elected annually, at the Council’s Annual Meeting. The responsibilities of the Chair include:


Ø  Upholding and promoting the purposes of the Council’s Constitution and presiding over meetings of the Council so that its business can be carried out efficiently, with regard to the rights of councils, and the interests of the community.


Ø  The Chair can also call extraordinary meetings of the Council and ensures that the Council meeting is a forum for debate of matters of concern to the local community, making sure that Councillors who are not on the Council’s Cabinet are able to hold the Cabinet to account.


Ø  The Chair promotes public involvement in the Council’s activities and represents the Council at civic and ceremonial functions.


To contact the Chair for an event or for advice on protocol please email the Chair’s Office at  or, alternatively, telephone the office on 01271 388480 / 07870 507853 or write to the Chair c/o Chair’s Office, Devon County Council, First Floor, Taw View, Barnstaple, EX31 1EE.


As a County Councillor


I have been elected as a County Councillor for the electoral division of Exmouth. I intend to serve the interests of all residents, regardless of political persuasion.


I am, however, a member of the Conservative Party and take an active interest in a number of national and local campaigns. It would not be appropriate for me to use this website to promote these campaigns though you can visit related external websites by selecting some of the links to be found on these pages.


As a leader, organiser, team player and people person, I listen and act upon my findings. Health and Wellbeing is high on my agenda and are the Environment and its protection. I have a passion to serve the people of Devon.


My priorities will change from time to time as the public will wish me to work for their local communities for which I have been elected to do so, but high priorities for me include support of neighbourhood watch systems and PCSO’s (a vital source of community support), maintain a safe and correctly working road network and support future business and investments in Devon, including digital and transport connections.