The Mayor for 2018-19
The Mayor of Northampton: Cllr Tony Ansell
Born and raised in Northampton, Tony Ansell attended Stimpson Avenue School, as did his father before him, and he later on went to be a governor of the school. Tony's late mother and father were called Ann and John and he has two older sisters, Mary and Angela, and a younger brother, Gregory.
Tony started his working life at the age of eight, doing a paper round for a local newsagent. By the age of 13 he had eight different jobs whilst still attending school. At 16 he became the youngest Assistant Manager for Berni Inns, which was the largest restaurant chain in the United Kingdom at the time.
Tony bought his first hot dog van at the age of 17 and by the time he was 21, he had 20 outlets operating from four different football clubs, including Northampton Town Football Club. He then went on to provide the catering at Northampton Saints Rugby Club, and took over the Park Café in Abington Park when he was 21. Tony has also operated the All Saints Bistro for the past ten years.
Tony was first elected to Northampton Borough Council in 2011, and has represented the Abington ward, where he lives and works. Since being elected, he has not missed a single Full Council meeting. He served on both the Scrutiny Panel, Licensing Committee and as the deputy Cabinet member for environment.
Tony was a founding member of the Friends of Abington Park, the Abington Park Forum and also the Chairman of the Abington Conservation Society.
A message from the Mayor
I am honoured and indeed humbled to become the 778th Mayor of Northampton. When I left school at the age of 15, I was asked to write an essay on future ambition and mine was to one day become the Mayor of Northampton. At last my dream has come true.
I will work incredibly hard throughout my Mayoral year and look forward to meeting as many of our town's residents as possible. I want to restore civic pride back into the town and leave a lasting legacy of improvement for Northampton.
I have seen the town change over many years and often refer to the past as the good old days; however, I feel these will be the good old days for future generations and we must all work together to improve our town and make it a place for us all to be proud of.
My Mayoress will be Jayne Crofts, who has been a friend for over 40 years. She was born in Far Cotton and has lived in the town throughout her life, now residing in West Hunsbury.
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, 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 [email protected]