Mayor, Councillor Paul Crossley
The Charter Trustees of the City of Bath elected the 789th Mayor of the City, Councillor Paul Crossley, to take Office on Saturday 4 June 2016 at their Annual Meeting and Mayor Making Ceremony at Bath Abbey.
He was first elected to Bath City Council representing Southdown Ward from 1985 to 1996, and re-elected as a Bath & North East Somerset Councillor, again in Southdown, from 1999 to the present time. Paul was Leader of B&NES Council from May 2002 to May 2007 and again from May 2011 to May 2015. He was Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group from 2002 to 2015. He served as Deputy Mayor of Bath in 2007/08.
He grew up in a Naval family which involved moving every two or three years. Paul studied at Brighton Polytechnic (now University of Brighton) and received a Degree in Computer Science in 1974. He worked in the IT industry for 30 years, including 6 years in Africa: Zambia and Liberia.
Paul completed a second Degree in Social Science with the Open University in 1994. On arriving in Bath in 1985 he finally settled down in 'the best small City on the planet'.
He is married to Margaret, who is his Mayoress, and they have three adult children.
His theme for his year in Office will be 'Bath “ a Transition City'.
In his acceptance speech, he said 'I will maintain the tradition of using the role to work with, and celebrate, the diverse range of communities and activities that make up the life of Bath. Transition is about helping us all to be able to adapt and thrive in whatever changes happen in the world over the coming years. The two main motivators for me in my political life have always been the environment and social justice. My theme for the year will enable me not only to promote this, but also celebrate with the many groups and organisations in our City.
The Mayor of Bath's on-going charity is The Mayor of Bath's Relief Fund
Deputy Mayor, Councillor June Player
The Charter Trustees of the City of Bath formally elected Councillor June Player to serve the Office of Deputy Mayor at their Annual Meeting and Mayor Making Ceremony at Bath Abbey on Saturday 4 June.
June became Bath & North East Somerset Council's first elected Independent Councillor in 2011, representing Westmoreland Ward. She moved to Bath about 15 years ago, after previously living in London where she was a civil servant in the Social Security Department. Prior to moving to Bath she lived in Exeter for nearly 30 years working for a while in the civil service. She then decided to work in and for the community at a number of charitable organisations as she felt that it far more suited to her character.
She has been a community support co-ordinator, organising and helping with sessions for parents and toddlers, the elderly and frail people and also people with learning disabilities and special needs. She also used to drive a double-decker bus that was a mobile community centre to groups of people with no real access to such facilities. She is interested in amateur dramatics, singing, and gardening, and is an avid campaigner on local community issues.
In 2007 June 'adopted' Oldfield Park Station and set up the On-Board Community Project. She has organised numerous community litter picks to help promote community spirit and pride in one's community and in 2009 received Bath & North East Somerset Council's Environmental Volunteer of the Year Award. She also received a Mayor's Citizen Award in 2010 for her community work. At present, June is Bath & North East Somerset Council's Members' Advocate for Cleaner, Greener Streets.
June's daughter, Mrs Chloe Doring, will be Deputy Mayoress.
In her acceptance speech, she said 'I am very pleased to be able to support Councillor Paul Crossley in his year as Mayor, and I am honoured to be able to represent our amazing and unique heritage City and its residents.'