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The Mayor for 2017-18

Gareth Eales, Mayor of Northampton 2017 - 2018

The Mayor of Northampton: Cllr Gareth Eales

With strong Northampton roots, Gareth was born and raised in the Spencer area; the ward he now represents and where he lives to this day, not far from his parents’ home.

The Eales settled in Northamptonshire following the Battle of Naseby in 1645 and with 350 years of family history in the region, Gareth understandably feels very connected to Northampton and the surrounding area.

Gareth has held the position of Ward Councillor for Spencer on Northampton Borough Council since 2011, where he also sits on the licensing committee. In 2013 Gareth was elected to the County Council as representative for the Dallington Spencer division.

After starting his career at Royal Mail working the night shift as a mail sorter, Gareth was elected by his colleagues as a trade union official. Gareth took up a full-time role with the Communications Workers Union (CWU) 18 years ago and is now based at the South Midlands Mail Centre in Northampton.

Gareth draws many parallels between his day job and his role as a Councillor, seeing both positions as opportunities to help people and tackle injustice.

Gareth is married to fellow Councillor, Terrie Eales who represents Kings Heath on Northampton Borough Council. Gareth and Terrie were introduced by mutual friends in 2010 and went on to marry in Las Vegas the following year. The couple plan to return to the city to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary in 2021.

A message from the Mayor

I am incredibly honoured to become The Mayor of Northampton. During my year in office I look forward to talking to people from many different walks of life and learning about their views on Northampton. I have lived my whole life in Northampton but I still meet people who surprise me and are able to teach me something new about our wonderful communities.

As Mayor, I will have a unique opportunity to see my hometown through different eyes and the Mayoress and I very much look forward to meeting you all.

Mayoral invitations

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 that they are able to attend your event.  

If you wish to invite the Mayor to your event, please complete the online form.

To find out more about the Mayor please contact the Mayor's Office at the Guildhall on 01604 837804 or e-mail