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The Town Mayor 2014/15 Councillor Mary Maynard
Councillor Mary Maynard was elected as Town Mayor at the Annual Meeting of the Council and Mayor Making on Monday 12 May 2014.
Mary grew up in Scotland, and graduated with an Honours degree in Botany, before moving to Manchester to complete a Masters in Business Administration, then London, to work for the management consultancy McKinsey. Mary founded a major niche IT consultancy in the late 1980s, running it for nearly 20 years. She settled in Harpenden in 1981, becoming a long suffering rail commuter into London. Mary is married with one son, currently at University.
Mary became a Town Councillor in 2011, and has served on planning committees, on the Luton Airport Working Group, the Strategic Local Plan Working Group and as Deputy Chair of the Policy and Finance Committee. Last year, she was Deputy Mayor, thoroughly enjoying meeting a wide variety of people from many different organisations in the Town.
For the last 14 years, Mary has been Chair of SOS Children’s Villages UK, serving as a Senator on the global Board for over 6 years during this period. As a former ‘looked after’ child, Mary is passionate about SOS’s role in looking after orphaned and abandoned children in over 130 countries around the world, particularly their work in Africa, where as well as looking after children in every African country, they are playing a growing role in strengthening families where children are at risk of abandonment.
This year Mary has chosen to support two charities who exemplify her belief in the importance of volunteering in helping to support and improve people’s lives; Home-Start St Albans City & District and Community Meeting Point Harpenden.
Home Start provides trained volunteers who offer practical and emotional support to families with at least one child under 5 in their own homes. This support is invaluable to stretched parents, who may not have any local support. Lack of support at crucial stages increase the risk of family breakdown. Home-Start St Albans City & District covers St Albans, Harpenden and surrounding villages.
Community Meeting Point offers support for people whose lives have been affected by mental illness. People in Harpenden will know this charity well, as they have a popular charity shop in Station Road. Both these local charities rely on local people both volunteering and contributing funds to continue their work and Mary is delighted to be working with them.
Mary is looking forward to her year as Mayor, and sees it as a great honour to have the opportunity to work for the town and the people of Harpenden during the year.
Thank you to everyone that supported the above events.
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