Roy Perry is Leader of Hampshire County Council, representing the Division of Romsey Rural.
Roy was first elected to Hampshire County Council in 2005 and has been Leader of the County Council since May 2013. From 2010-2013 he was Executive Lead Member for Childrens Services. Hampshire, with a population of 1.3 million is the third most populous county in Britain with a county council budget of approximately £2bn p.a.
From 1979 – 1995 he was a member of Test Valley Borough Council, Chairman of Planning from 1983 -1985, and Leader between 1985 – 1994.
At a national level he is Vice-Chairman of the Children and Young People Board of the Local Government Association.
From 1994 to 2004, he was a Member of the European Parliament, initially for Wight and Hampshire South and then as one of the 11 MEPs for South East England. He was Conservative spokesman on the Parliament Culture and Education Committee and Vice President of the Petitions Committee.
Roy’s daughter, Caroline Nokes, is MP for Romsey and Southampton North, and is Minister of State for Immigration.
Roy is a graduate in Politics and Public Administration of the University of Exeter and by career, he was a Lecturer in Government and Politics until real politics took over.