The Mayor

The Mayor is chosen from the 57 elected Members of Chelmsford City Council and is the first citizen and an ambassador for Chelmsford.


If you have any queries, please contact the Mayor's Office (see link on right).


Councillor Patricia Hughes - Mayor

Patricia was born in Rayleigh Essex, the youngest of 3 children, where her father was a Funeral Director.  She was educated at The FitzWimarc School in Rayleigh and later at Chelmsford College of Further Education.  With the exception of a short time in America and Paris, she has lived in Essex, moving to South Woodham Ferrers in 1995.


Patricia is married to Paul and has one daughter, who is a nurse, two step children and
two wonderful grandchildren Joshua and Polly by her daughter Valerie and Son-in-law Andrew.


Patricia worked in Social Services for nearly 20 years, in Chelmsford and Dagenham.  She worked in Mental Health, with young people in care and the elderly, before deciding to qualify and work with young adults who had Profound Learning disabilities.  She later became a Manager of a Residential Home, helping disabled young people to live independently in the community.


Patricia has been an elected Chelmsford City Councillor for thirteen years representing Elmwood and Woodville Wards in South Woodham Ferrers. In this time she has been the council’s representative on the Board of CHP (Chelmer Housing Partnership) and a Trustee on the CAB (Citizen’s Advice Bureau) and in 2005/2006 was Deputy Mayor of Chelmsford.
She is currently a member of Chelmsford Planning Committee and The Licencing and Regularity Committee.  


Outside of Chelmsford City Council, Patricia has also been an elected member of South Woodham Ferrers Town Council 2011/2013 and is currently Chairman of The Patient Participation Group at Greenwood Surgery in South Woodham Ferrers, where she has worked as a Receptionist for the last 12 years.


On her election as Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Hughes said; “It is a huge honour and privilege to be the Mayor of Chelmsford, and to be able thank and recognise the people of Chelmsford who enable it to be such a fantastic place to live and work. 


My husband Paul, who is disabled and a wheelchair user, will be my Consort for the year. For some of the Mayoral Events he will be accompanied by his Personal Aid, Mr Graham Moulds.”


Councillor Linda Denston - Deputy Mayor


The Deputy Mayor for 2016 – 2017 is Councillor Linda Denston and her Escort is her husband Councillor Bob Denston.


Councillor Denston as newly appointed Deputy Mayor, said “I was very excited and honoured to be asked by the Mayor to be her Deputy for the year. My husband Bob was Deputy Mayor in 2009 – 2010 when I was Deputy Mayoress and we met many amazing people from the voluntary sector. I know from experience what a privilege supporting the Mayor will be.”


“I have enjoyed living in South Woodham Ferrers for the last 38 years where I brought up my two sons. James now lives in Writtle and Robert lives in South Woodham, both with their families.”


“I am really looking forward to working with the Mayor’s chosen charity, the J’s Hospice over the coming year. Both the Mayor and I have worked alongside the J’s in the past and have experienced the wonderful work they do with young adults with life-limiting illnesses.”



The Mayor's Charity


The J’s Hospice is a Chelmsford based charity which provides hospice and respite care to young adults throughout Essex who are living with life limiting and life threatening conditions.


They are unique in being the only hospice charity in the country caring solely for 16-40 year olds. Last year they celebrated their 5th Anniversary of “Hospice at Home” service.

They fill the gap between children’s hospice and adult hospice care. The J’s Hospice provides this dedicated specialist service for young adults to empower them to make choice about their care and treatment. The care is provided in the patient’s own home and the community, so that they can live as independently as they can with the best quality of life.
The J’s Hospice staff supports the entire family through end of life care.


As the Mayor’s charity is J’s Hospice her theme for this coming year will be ‘Transforming young adult lives’.



Reverend Carol Ball - The Mayor’s Chaplain


The Mayor has appointed Reverend Carol Ball, Vicar of The Holy Trinity Church, South Woodham Ferrers, and Priest in Charge of Woodham Ferrers and Bicknacre.

The Mayor’s Chaplain will act during her term of office, to open all meetings of the Council with prayers and officiate at various Civic events.


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