CHURCH Crookham Coun. Peter Hutcheson is Hampshire County Council's new chairman.

Coun. Hutcheson is 59, married with two children and three grandchildren.

He has been a member of the County Council for five years, serving on the Planning and Transportation Committee, Standards Committee, and Hampshire Pension Fund. He is also a governor for Courtmoor comprehensive school and Church Crookham Junior School.

Peter Hutcheson is also a Conservative member of Hart Council on which he has served for 21 years.

Said Peter: "I am delighted to be elected chairman. It is a great honour and privilege. I do not believe we have ever had a chairman from the north east of the county before and I look forward to representing all the people of Hampshire."