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Mayor Making 2018


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Cllr Diogo Rodrigues

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Mayor’s Consort

Nathan Slate

Nathan was born in Essex, and studied art and design which led to a degree in fashion design from London. Nathan went on to travel after completing his degree soaking up cultures across the world and giving back by teaching English in an orphanage in Cambodia. He has always dabbled in the arts, from fine art to fashion design.

Ran his own fashion design business throughout his years living in London. Nathan decided to move to Somerset where his mother had moved to many years before. Nathan fell in love with the slow pace of Somerset and the friendly people.

Nathan has always been an advocate for lgbtq+ rights. And many of this shows in his art work. Alongside his partner Diogo, they have formed a great union by supporting each others passions. Now running a top Somerset Portuguese restaurant. Nathan continues with his art work in his spare time.



Mayor Deputy

Deputy Mayor

Cllr Tony Heywood

A born and bred Lancastrian, Tony was educated at Bolton School and Middlesex University, including a one-year research project at Churchill College Cambridge, obtaining a BA Honours degree in Social Science. The most significant outcome of the research project, which was into the assessment of teaching practice in teacher training colleges, was the discovery of a love for the theatre.

Following the degree, he began working as a theatre director, including time as Associate Director at the Overground Theatre in Kingston upon Thames and at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill in London. He also started his own fringe venue in 1985, which is still in operation at the Hen & Chickens pub on Highbury Corner in Islington. He also worked for five years in collaboration with the musician, Tom Robinson, co-devising and directing a number of shows that toured to a range of towns and cities in the UK, Europe, Japan and Australia.

Alongside this, Tony also worked in the teaching profession, teaching Maths, European Studies and Social Studies in schools around London. He also worked for eight years as a tutor on a range of performing arts degree courses at Middlesex University. In 1994, Tony moved to Guernsey in the Channel Islands to take up the post of Head of Drama at Ladies College in St Peter Port.

Most recently, Tony venture into the world of commerce, spending ten years as Director of IT Customer Relations at the head office of Specsavers, which is based in Guernsey. As his parents lived in Nether Stowey for the last thirty five years, Tony has been a frequent visitor to Bridgwater and he returned to live here in 2010.









Mayor’s Cadet

Corporal Dylan Parker-Stephenson

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Town Clerk (& Responsible Financial Officer)

Town Clerk DavidDavid Mears

David joined Bridgwater Town Council as Town Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer in November 2018. David was previously with Langport Town Council as their Town Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer. David is a Principal of the Society of Local Council Clerks and secretary to the Somerset branch.

David holds the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) and is an approved CiLCA trainer. David is currently studying a 6 year Community Governance degree with De Montfort University. This degree is a sector based degree covering, community engagement; local government law, procedures and finance; the planning system, managing staff and managing projects.

Over the last four years David has helped modernise three town and parish councils.

David is married to Deanna who is a primary school teacher, and enjoys playing in the local darts team – and time with his family.

Telephone – 01278 427692
Email – [email protected]



Mace Bearer

MayorChris 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 six grandchildren.

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Mayor's Engagements

Blake Museum Spring Fair – March 2019

Bridgwater Cup winner - Kelly Llewellyn

Mayor’s Youth Awards & Civic Service - March 2019

Presented to the Mayor from Westcan show choir - March 2019

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