COUNCILLOR Maurice Perry is the new Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees.
He was officially appointed at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Annual General Meeting today (5 April), replacing Councillor Ken Dixon at the end of his mayoral year.
Councillor Perry was born in Stockton and attended Bowesfield Lane School for boys. He started his career as a Stockton Education Officer before training and becoming a Chartered Civil Engineer where he worked in the manufacturing, construction and power industries. During this time he managed projects in Europe, the Middle East, Singapore, South East Asia and New Zealand. He was elected to represent the Fairfield Ward in 2005.
He has been married to his wife Laraine for 47 years. Laraine also has a background working in the construction industry and is passionate about voluntary work. She helped children with disabilities in Borneo and Singapore and is currently doing voluntary work at North Tees Hospital.
Councillor Perry, said: “As a Stocktonian it is a privilege and great honour to represent the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees. Laraine and I will do our utmost to support and promote Stockton Borough during the Mayoral year and we are looking forward to raising as much money as possible for our charities, for those people who are in much need of support.”
The Mayor’s charities this year are Meningitis Now, the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Cleveland Alzheimer’s Residential Centre Ltd. The Mayor and Mayoress also intend to promote the good work many Stockton Borough charities do.
This year’s Deputy Mayor is Councillor Eileen Johnson who represents the Norton South ward. Councillor Johnson’s consort for the year will be Councillor Paul Kirton.
The retiring Mayor, Councillor Ken Dixon, raised more than £25,500 for charities in his mayoral year with Bowel Cancer UK, Meningitis Now and Butterwick Hospice among the main beneficiaries. He also raised £1700 for the Borough’s three Armed Forces Freedom Regiments.