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Mayor 2014/15

For a summary of the Mayor’s team, please click here.

 

Mayor

Mayor Steve Austen

Cllr Steve Austen

Steve was born in Kent in 1957 and went to the local schools and college and qualified as a Plumbing and Heating Engineer. He is married to Stella and has a Son and Daughter who continue to live and work in Bridgwater. The family moved to Burnham-on-Sea in 1987.

Steve worked in the local area until finally joining the Housing Department at Sedgemoor District Council in the early 90’s.

Steve continues to support local organisations and in particular his local community association and the YMCA.

 

Mayoress

Deputy Mayoress AustinMrs Stella Austen

Stella was born in Kent in 1943. She married Steve in 1979 and has worked and raised family until she retired a few years ago after working with Sedgemoor District Council as a Sheltered Housing Warden for some 15 years.

She enjoys knitting and holidays in her caravan.

 

 

 

 

Deputy Mayor

Leigh RedmanCllr Leigh Redman

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Leigh Redman has lived in Bridgwater all of his life, being born in the Mary Stanley and living the first 20 years of his life on Bristol Road, he was educated at Eastover and Sydenham Schools. He completed an apprenticeship at Hinkley Point and has worked locally for a great part of his life.

Leigh was an active Carnivalite for some 30 years, being a member of Renegades carnival club and served on both Gangs and features & Bridgwater Carnival committees, Leigh is still a great supporter of the carnival. He was also seen many times on stage with both Bridgwater pantomime society and Bridgwater amateur operatic society, he still enjoys all things musical although with limited time he has not been on stage for many years preferring to help backstage when able.

Leigh was a Retained FireFighter for over 20 years at Bridgwater Fire station, he was a union rep for the Fire Brigades Union, An occupation he loved until forced into ill health retirement following a serious accident that affected both him and Tracey, he suffered a broken back that required fusion surgery.

Leigh’s parents were also both born in Bridgwater, his father Graham passed away in mid-life after many years at Cellophane and his mum Ann still lives and works in the town.

Leigh now lives in Hamp along with his wife Tracey and daughter Holly, Leigh is an active member of the Hamp community association, he is a town and District councillor for the Dunwear ward (South Sydenham). He is Chair of the Eastover & Community sports trust and actively promotes Bridgwater whenever he can.

In recent years the couple have traded their tent in for a campervan that he & Tracey are using to travel around the West Country whenever possible.

Leigh is honoured to be selected to be Deputy Mayor and is looking forward to the year supporting and promoting Bridgwater.

 

Deputy Mayor’s Consort

Tracey RedmanMrs Tracey Redman

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Tracey was born in Bridgwater, living most of her life in the Hamp area attending Blake school, she worked for many years in Staples newsagent until taking time to look after & bring up Holly.

She has won learning awards in recent years and loves a challenge, the current one is to get fitter and she can be seen most weeks at the new pool doing Aqua-fit along with some of her friends.

Tracey is rarely lost for words and is looking forward to meeting many varied and interesting people while representing Bridgwater as the Deputy Mayor’s Consort.

 

 

Mayor’s Cadet

Mayor CadetLance Cpl Allissa Goddard

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Mayor’s Chaplain

Major Cheryl Davies

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Town Clerk (& Responsible Financial Officer)

Alan HurfordAlan Hurford

Town Clerk (Associate Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and Member of Society of Local Council Clerks).

Appointed Town Clerk to Bridgwater Town Council in November 2003 following creation of Town Council and first elections held in May that year.

Previously Head of Corporate Policy with North Somerset Council (a unitary authority of some 190,000 pop.) member of Management Team with wide-ranging portfolio and responsibility for management of Chief Executive’s Unit and Town Hall services including Press and PR, Research and Information, Community Safety Partnership, Youth Offending Team, Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities, relationships with voluntary sector and Town and Parish Councils, and special projects.

Began local government career with Bridgwater Borough Council before moving on to Weston-super-Mare Borough Council and Woodspring District Council in a variety of positions before the establishment of North Somerset in 1996.

Born in Bridgwater educated at Spaxton VC Junior School and Dr Morgan’s Grammar School and Taunton Technical College. Married to Pamela for over 40 years with two sons and five grandchildren.

A resident of Bridgwater active in local community with wide-ranging interests which include Directorship of Somerset Football Association Ltd with special responsibility for marketing and new HQ project, Chairman of Bridgwater Town (1984) Football Club with teams in the British Gas Business Football League and Somerset County League and at Under 18 level and former Captain of Enmore Park Golf Club.

Also Clerk to Westonzoyland Parish Council.

Telephone – 01278 427692
Mobile – 07776216670
Email – townclerk@bridgwatertowncouncil.gov.uk

 

 

Mace Bearer

Chris Hocking

Born in Bridgwater and educated at St Margaret’s School and Dr Morgan’s School before finishing education at Taunton School.

Career began with Natwest Bank in Taunton followed by seven years with Bridgwater Building Society. Appointed as Advertising & PR Manager for Chelsea Building Society, based in Cheltenham, before returning to Bridgwater in 1984. For 12 years ran his own advertising and print company before joining Bridgwater College as Carnival Placement Co-ordinator, (a post he still holds). Establishing and organising courses for people involved in carnivals throughout Somerset, parts of Devon, Dorset & Wilts.

Involved with Bridgwater Carnival for 40 years, initially as a member of Marketeer’s Carnival Club and now a vice-president of Wills C C. Joined the Bridgwater Carnival committee in 1985 and held the post of Publicity Officer for 19 years before becoming President of the committee and serving the maximum three year term in this role. Now a Director and Trustee of Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival Ltd, Chris compered the annual Carnival Concerts for 18 years and now organises the entertainment in the town during the day of Bridgwater Carnival and is also responsible for leading new projects.

Chris became a professional Toastmaster in 2003 and now officiates at weddings and functions throughout the south-west, and beyond. Other interests include amateur theatre and rugby (as a spectator these days!).

Still living in Bridgwater, he is married to Linda and has two children, two step-children and five grandchildren.

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