The Mayor for 2013-14
Introducing Les Marriott
Les was born and raised in Yardley Hastings, a small Northamptonshire village, 7 miles south east of the county town. Les moved to Northampton in 1975 following his marriage to his Northamptonian wife Lisa. Les and Lisa have two grown up daughters, Sara & Karen. Les and his wife raised their daughters in the town so his roots are firmly within Northampton and he is proud to serve the town as Mayor.
Les started his working life as an apprentice with British Telecom over 40 years ago and has been with the company ever since. The company itself has undergone massive change since Les started, most notably moving from the civil service to a nationalised industry, and now a private company. For most of his career, Les has served as a Trade Union Representative and has held many senior positions during that time and, to this day, Les plays an active part within the Communication Workers Union (CWU) at national, regional and local level.
Les has been a councillor for 14 years and has represented 3 wards within the borough; Welford, St. James and presently Semilong. Les has seen it as a privilege to serve these wards and has immensely enjoyed working within these communities. Les has served as Chair of Semilong Residents Forum for the past year. Other roles he has served during his time as a councillor are Trustee of 78 Derngate Trust and as a Trustee of The Royal & Derngate Theatres.
As a Councillor Les has served in many roles within the authority. Chair of Contracts & Business Services committee, Chair of Urban Regeneration sub-committee, Vice-Chair of Transport committee, Cabinet member for Finance, and Chair of Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Les has been Deputy Mayor for the past year and now looks forward to being Mayor.
A message from the Mayor
I am extremely honoured and proud to become The Mayor of Northampton and will do my best to bring the mayoralty closer to the citizens and businesses of Northampton. I am keenly aware of the rich history of Northampton and the strong civic pride we feel as a town. During my year in office, I hope to meet as many people as possible and promote the very good and valuable work many local organisations are doing in our Borough. We have such a fantastic community and a dedicated voluntary sector here in Northampton. I want to work with, and listen to, all people in the town regardless of age, gender, sexuality or race. As Mayor I will work to promote the town and the achievements of our communities. I very much look forward to meeting you all.
Mayor's charity - The Caring & Sharing Trust
Whilst being a national charity, the Caring & Sharing Trust has long established local roots working for people with learning disabilities, their families, carers, and care professionals for over 20 years. Based in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside, the Trust has its own 70 seat ‘Theatre-in-a-Barn’, Art Studio, Music Room, Library, Therapy rooms and peaceful grounds.
The parents of people with learning disabilities can often feel very isolated, and yet their caring roles are crucially important. Caring & Sharing helps by providing the down-to-earth basic support, that is needed by so many families throughout the UK simply to keep going. This is true, not just for parents, but also for grandparents and siblings who can all too easily become the forgotten family members.
An Arts based day centre, the charity provides programmes for people with learning disabilities using Art; Dance; Music; Drama; Sculpture; Performance; Photography; etc. Those attending the Day Centre are able to develop communication skills, confidence, self-esteem, social skills, teamwork, etc., all designed to help them lead increasingly fulfilling and independent lives within the community.
I will be holding my Mayoral & Charity Sunday Service at All Saints’ Church on Sunday 23rd June 2013 at 10:30 a.m. and I hope you will be able to attend.
The Mayor welcomes invitations to attend events held by local organisations. Due to demand it may not be possible to attend every event to which the Mayor is invited. We will respond to you as soon as the Mayor has confirmed he is able to attend your event.
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