The Mayor is chosen from the 57 elected Members of Chelmsford City Council and is the first citizen and an ambassador for Chelmsford.
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Councillor Paul Hutchinson - The Mayor
Paul was born in Clapton Common, Hackney, in July 1950, the eldest of five children. The family moved to Essex two years later and, with the exception of five years in Kent, Paul has lived in the county ever since. He moved to Chelmsford in 1974 and for the past 22 years has lived in North Springfield.
He was educated at St. Thomas More High School in Westcliff-on-Sea and left in 1966 to join a small firm of Average Adjusters in the City who deal with the statement and apportionment of marine losses, whether insured or not.
Studying at night school, Paul became an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute in 1976, and a Fellow in 1989, being designated a Chartered Insurance Practitioner. He retired in October 2007 and like most retirees finds himself busier, and happier, than ever.
Paul has been an elected Councillor on Chelmsford City Council for eleven years, the past four representing North Springfield. He has held various positions on the council, and ore recently has been chairman of the Governance Committee, which deals with councillor standards issues amongst other matters, for the past three years and in 2012/2013 was Deputy Mayor.
He was the council’s representative on the Board of CHP (Chelmer Housing Partnership) during 2011/2013 and since 2013 is the council’s nominee as a Board Trustee at YMCA Chelmsford.
Paul has also been a Member of Springfield Parish Council since 2003 and was its chairman for six years and for the past five years has been chairman of its Finance & Policy Committee.
Other bodies on which Paul is active include Chelmer Village Hall, where he is a Trustee, Springfield United Charities, where he is also a Trustee, Chelmsford Theatre Association, where he is a Vice-President and Friends of Hylands House, where he is also a Vice-President.
Paul has served as a Governor of various Chelmsford schools continuously since 1977, including a period of 12 years from 1978 as Chairman of Trinity Road Primary School. More recently he has been a Foundation Governor at KEGS since 1998.
For the past three years, Paul has been a Judge of the Basildon & Chelmsford Speak Out Challenge, for secondary school pupils, sponsored by the Jack Petchey Foundation and the Speakers Trust.
On his election as Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Hutchinson said “It is a huge honour to be Mayor of the city that has been my home for most of my life. I have seen Chelmsford grow and prosper over the past forty years. When I was Deputy Mayor a few years ago and in my voluntary work with schools, the YMCA, the Speak Out Challenge, and in other areas, I have seen first-hand the enormous contribution that young people make to our city alongside those who need a little encouragement to realise the opportunities available to them. I am, therefore, making the theme of my year of office: ‘Young People – Unleash the Potential’.
There are many organisations and groups who encourage young people in our city, and with my longstanding association with YMCA Chelmsford I have chosen that wonderful organisation as my charity for the year ahead.
I shall be joined in my role by my partner, Ali Murad, who will be Mayor’s Escort. We held our Civil Partnership in May 2012, just before we took up our roles as Deputies to Christopher and Marion Kingsley when they were Mayor and Mayoress.”
Councillor Philip Wilson - The Deputy Mayor
The Deputy Mayor for 2015-16 is Councillor Philip Wilson and the Deputy Mayoress is his wife, Angela.
Councillor Wilson, as newly appointed Deputy Mayor, said “I consider being asked to be Deputy Mayor for the year a great privilege. Bringing up a young family in England’s youngest city constantly reminds me of what an exciting and vibrant place Chelmsford is and it is its people, young and old, that make it so. I am looking forward to a year of meeting many of these people and helping support the Mayor represent Chelmsford in its best possible light.
I am very pleased to support the Mayor’s charity for the year. With strong Christian foundations the YMCA offers opportunities to young people from a very early age to make the most of their talents and abilities, to explore their faith, and to work together with integrity, openness and compassion for others for the greater good. All things that Chelmsford as a city aspires to do.”
YMCA Chelmsford - The Mayor's Chosen Charity
YMCA Chelmsford has been working with young people, children and families in the local area for almost 100 years. The focus has always been on unleashing potential, and today in Chelmsford this takes the form of running clubs for aspiring musicians, offering respite and support for young carers, running a nursery for children aged 3 months to 5 years old, providing family support work, getting alongside young people at risk of exclusion, implementing an alcohol awareness network, working alongside the majority of schools in the area, and many other activities and events throughout the year. YMCA Chelmsford impacts about 10,000 young people a year, and is passionate about unleashing today the potential Chelmsford and UK of tomorrow.
Reverend Lee Batson - The Mayor’s Chaplain
The Mayor has appointed Reverend Lee Batson of St Andrew’s Church, Boreham, and Lead Minister at Beaulieu Park, as his Chaplain. The Mayor’s Chaplain will act during his term of office, to open all meetings of the Council with prayers and officiate at various Civic events.