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Councillor Gill Heesom

Mayor 2018/19

Councillor Gill Heesom , the current MayorMy name is Gill Heesom.  I am 62 years of age and live in the Seabridge area which is within the Westlands Ward. I am one of the ward councillors.  I have lived in the Borough for the majority of my life, particularly in the Clayton area where I went to school.

I live in Seabridge with my husband John, who is serving as my consort, and I have also asked my brother-in-law Paul to serve as my second consort when John is not available.  I have one son, Andrew, who is also my High Constable.

I have worked in the community for the majority of my time in the Borough, becoming a borough councillor eight years ago, when I left the Newcastle-under-Lyme Community Policing Team.  I have been a welfare officer for the last eight years for the Army, andmost recently a national charity, working with cases in the local area.  I have been a governor at two local schools during my time as a borough councillor. 

I am a keen advocate of working closely with our community and for making the most of the important historical heritage of the Borough. I will do my upmost during the year in office to bring Newcastle to the forefront in ensuring our heritage and our facilities are promoted.

In my personal time I enjoy keeping fit, cycling, reading, trying new crafts and spending time with my family and grandson.  I am a member of the Women's Institute and Newcastle and District Soroptimists (I was their president 2017-2018).  I was a member of a local choir but have put that on hold during my year as mayor but hope to return afterwards.

I served for 34 years as an army reserves soldier, retiring in 2013.  The majority of my service was based with 35 Signal Regiment. In particular 58 Signal Squadron in Newcastle-under-Lyme, until it was disbanded.  During that time I saw two periods of operational service.

My two chosen charities for my year in office are The Lyme Trust and The Royal British Legion and I would appreciate everyone's support in maximising the fundraising efforts for these two very worthy causes.


Last updated 7 February 2019

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