Chelmsford City Council

About the Mayor

Councillor Jude Deakin wearing Mayoral robes and chain


Mayor: Councillor Jude Deakin

Jude is serving her second term as Mayor, having also performed the role in 2020-21. 

She lived in South Woodham Ferrers with her two daughters Heather and Helen before moving to Chelmsford in 2006. She previously worked in logistics, recruitment, office management and as a carer for a number of years.

Jude has served on the Chelmsford City Council since 2007 representing the Marconi Ward. Before that, she was a member of SWF Town Council for approximately 15 years, only leaving when she moved to Chelmsford.

Since 2009, she has served on the Essex County Council representing Chelmsford West, enabling her to progress case work through both councils, which she continues to enjoy.

In addition, Jude has served on various committees including Overview and Scrutiny, Corporate Parenting, People and Families as well as being Chair of Chelmsford Youth Strategy Group and Cabinet Member for Safer Chelmsford.

Jude has been a member of Chetwood Primary, William De Ferrers and Rainsford High School PTAs and was a school governor at Collingwood Primary, Rainsford High/St Peters College and KEGS.

She is currently a member of Chelmsford Community Radio, a trustee of North Chelmsford Community Trust and a past trustee of Helping Hands Essex.  

Jude’s daughter Helen, who lives and works in Chelmsford, will be Mayoress.  

The Mayor's Chaplain is Father Tom Page from The Church of the Ascension with All Saints


Deputy Mayor: Councillor Linda Mascot

Linda Mascot was born at St. John’s Hospital and has lived in Chelmsford for most of her life. On leaving school, she became an apprentice at Marconi Communication Systems Ltd in New Street.

She was first elected to the Borough Council in 2011 to represent Goat Hall Ward and was privileged to be re-elected in May 2019.

She has contributed more than 28 years of involvement in the community. This includes The Tile Kiln Residents’ Association and Neighbourhood Watch, being a Founding Trustee of the Moulsham Lodge Community Trust, SEN Governor of Mildmay Junior School. She also writes a monthly community column for the Moulsham Times.

As Inclusion Manager at a local Junior School, she works closely with children who have Special Educational Needs, Young Carers and other vulnerable pupils. She offers practical and pastoral support to help them overcome barriers to their learning including social and emotional difficulties.

As a Chelmsford City Councillor, Linda Chairs the Licensing and Regulatory Committee, is on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and is Chair of the Liberal Democrat Group.

Linda is honoured to have been elected as Deputy Mayor for this great City of Chelmsford. She is looking forward to helping the Mayor Deakin in actively supporting local residents, businesses, community groups and charities during this challenging time.

Linda will be supported by her husband Ian as Deputy Mayor’s Consort.

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    Last updated: 19 May 2021

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