THE new Lord Mayor of Chester and chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council has been unveiled.
Garden Quarter councillor Bob Rudd will take up the posts following a special meeting of the authority in Chester on May 15.
The new Deputy Lord Mayor and deputy chairman is Cllr Hugo Deynem, while the new Sheriff is Cllr Herbert Manley, executive member for growth and innovation.
Cllr Rudd was born in Horley, Surrey and moved to Chester with wife, Sandra, in 1990.
He went to school in Horley and on leaving, became an apprentice with a local engineering company, the Monotype Corporation, joining a trade union in his first week at work and he is still a member.
Cllr Rudd then worked at a number of engineering companies in South East England before becoming a sales engineer for a company in Bromborough.
Between 2001 and 2007 Cllr Rudd was an executive member of Chester City Council cabinet, initially for community leadership and latterly for community safety – successfully introducing to Chester the community safety wardens.
Cllr Rudd said: “I have always had an interest in housing and homelessness since first becoming involved as a member of the council housing committee in 1972 and not surprisingly, my chosen charity for the coming year is CATH (Chester Aid to the Homeless).
“2014 will be a very special year remembering those who sacrificed their lives 100 years ago in the First World War and I am sure there will be many occasions to honour them.
“I am also looking forward to getting involved in local events to celebrate art, culture and sport in Chester and across the borough.”
Cllr Deynem was born in Bermuda and moved to Ashton Hayes in 1970 attending local schools in Tarporley and Upton. He has since both lived and worked in the Kelsall and Tarvin ward he currently represents.
He married his wife, Deb, in 1995 and has three children. Cllr Deynem works as a safety, health and environment adviser for a national energy supplier. He previously ran a number of small companies for himself for some 16 years prior to joining his present employer.
Cllr Deynem was first elected to represent the old Kelsall ward on Chester City Council in 1993 following a number of years as a parish councillor for Ashton Hayes.
He has served the residents of the Kelsall and Tarvin ward as a councillor on the new Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council since its inception and the disbanding of the two-tier system in 2009.
Following re-election on to the newly formed Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council in May 2011, he holds a chair on the public rights of way committee and the corporate scrutiny committee. He is also member champion for climate change.
Cllr Deynem said: “I am extremely pleased and honoured to be elected to be the Deputy Lord Mayor of Chester and Deputy Chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council for 2014-15.
“One of my key points of focus during this term of office will be to raise the profile of Chester, Northwich, Winsford and Ellesmere Port and indeed the whole of the borough in relation to its potential for business investment.
“I see the civic roles of Lord Mayor, Sheriff and Deputy Lord Mayor being closely aligned and look forward to working with Cllrs Rudd and Manley in promoting Chester as being one of the UK’s top tourist destinations.
“I hope very much to be able to maintain as visible a civic role as possible and if you see me out and about please come up and say hello.”
Cllr Manley represents Hartford and Greenbank. He and his wife, Margaret, have four children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild.
He was employed for many years by ICI and worked on many of the sites within Cheshire and Merseyside. During this time he was a member of both the British Standards Committee and the European Standards Committee dealing with safety equipment.
Cllr Manley was elected to Vale Royal Borough Council in May 2003 and served on the executive committee during his time as a councillor.
He was also involved as a member of several North West regional committees.
Elected to Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council when it was first formed, Cllr Manley, executive member for growth and innovation, continues to work on regional committees involving European funding and strategic transport.
He is a member of the Committee of the Regions for Europe and also a member of the European Congress and has been involved in helping to shape some of the legislation that has been presented to the European Parliament for ratification.
Away from civic duties, Cllr Manley has been part of the team at St Mary’s, Weaverham as a Lay Reader for more than 20 years.
“My wife and I are really looking forward to my duties as Sheriff of Chester” said Cllr Manley.
“I will enjoy being part of the city’s traditions and it would be great if I could play a role in enhancing the city as a destination for tourism and history.”
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