Councillor Gill Heesom
My 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