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For 2013/14, the Mayor of Medway is Cllr Mrs Josie Iles.
Her husband, Mr Steve Iles is the Consort.
Cllr Mrs Iles officially took up her duties as Mayor
of Medway for 2013/14 on 15 May 2013, when she was elected at
the council's Annual Meeting.
Josie was born and grew up in West London, living there until
her marriage to Steve in 1983. After a brief spell in
Dartford they decided to move to Medway in 1986. They settled
in Strood along with their five cats and Josie continued her
career in Payroll Operations, commuting daily to London until
2009. At this stage of her life Josie wanted a change and
decided to focus on local community issues, something she had
wanted to do for some time. She became a councillor for Strood
South in 2011 and has enjoyed the role and the opportunities this
has given her to get involved and help people within her ward and
the wider areas of the Medway Towns, something her career had
In 2012 Josie became Deputy Mayor of Medway, which further
enhanced her knowledge of the Medway Towns and the people, clubs
and associations within it. Josie greatly enjoyed her role,
having the privileged position of deputising for the Mayor at
various civic events and supporting him in promoting Medway. This
has served as a very good apprenticeship for her to undertake the
role of Mayor of Medway for the 2013/2014 municipal year. Josie is
keen to build upon this past year and is delighted to serve Medway
in this extremely honoured position.
Cllr Mrs Josie Iles will be supported throughout her year by her
husband and official Consort, Mr Steve Iles.
Her selected charities are:
The Deputy Mayor and Consort are Cllr Mrs Jane Etheridge, and
her husband Mr Gary Etheridge.
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