THE WORSHIPFUL THE MAYOR OF BOSTON
COUNCILLOR STEPHEN WOODLIFFE
Councillor Stephen Woodliffe was appointed Mayor of Boston on Monday 16 May 2016.
The Mayor was born in Lambeth, London, in 1950, but spent most of his childhood living in Merton Park, Surrey, with his youth spent living in Market Harborough, Leicestershire. The Mayor and his family moved to Boston after he accepted a teaching post at Boston Grammar School in 1988, and he and his family have lived on Chester Way, in Boston, since their arrival.
Cllr Woodliffe was educated at the Rutlish Boys’ Grammar School, Merton Park, and Market Harborough Grammar School. Following that, he read Mathematics at Leicester University, graduating with an honours degree in June 1972, and then accepted a post at a life insurance company in London, planning to train as an actuary. However, teaching beckoned instead, and he spent a year at Southampton University training for the profession, passing out with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in 1974. Following that, he taught mathematics, physics and a range of other subjects in various schools and colleges, including comprehensive schools, grammar schools, secondary modern schools and the independent sector. He finally retired from the classroom in 2009.
Cllr Stephen Woodliffe is Boston’s 482nd Mayor. Elected in 2011, Cllr Woodliffe is a member of various committees, including the Planning Committee and the Boston Town Area Committee, and held the Cabinet Portfolio for Regulatory Services until his appointment as Mayor. As regards external appointments, Councillor Woodliffe represents the Council on the Boston Municipal Non-Educational Charities, Sir Thomas Middlecott (Skirbeck Quarter Charities), Nacro Services Lincolnshire, the Police and Crime Panel and Boston Grammar School Foundation Governors.
The Mayor’s wife, Mrs Catharine Woodliffe, will be the Mayoress.
The Mayor has appointed Cllr Maureen Dennis as his Deputy Mayor. Cllr Dennis was elected in 2003 representing the Old Leake and Wrangle Ward of the Borough and served as Mayor of Boston in 2009-10 and Deputy Mayor of Boston in 2011-12. Mrs Helen Staples is the Deputy Mayoress, who has also served as Deputy Mayor in 2009-10 and 2014-15.
The Mayor’s nominated charities for the year are the Boston Food Bank and the Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre.
The Mayor is always pleased to be invited to attend and give support to local events and accepts as many invitations as the diary will allow. If you wish to invite the Mayor to attend an event, it is essential that each invitation is put in writing giving at least four weeks notice if possible. The invitation needs to include the following:-
- the nature of the event date, time and duration expectations of the Mayor (that is to say, make a speech, open event etc.).
The invitation will then be discussed with the Mayor and a decision will be made on:-
- the Mayor's availability, availability of the Deputy Mayor
- advice taken if the invitation is of a sensitive or political nature.
A reply to the invitation will be sent and if the Mayor or Deputy Mayor are able to accept the invitation, a pro-forma will be included with the confirmation for the sender to complete and return at least two weeks prior to the event. The pro-formas are to provide the Civic Office with precise advance information, including all background information, to ensure that the Mayor is fully briefed. Each event is processed by the Civic & Member Services Officer, who may be contacted at the address below:-
Civic and member services officer
The Mayor's Parlour
Telephone: 01205 314511