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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

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Mayor’s Cadet

Corporal Dylan Parker-Stephenson

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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 – [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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