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The Mayor of Medway

 

For 2017-18 the Mayor of Medway is Councillor David Wildey. His wife, Mrs Denise Wildey, is the Mayoress.

Councillor David Wildey officially took up duties on 17 May 2017, when he was elected at the Annual Council Meeting. 

Councillor David Wildey was first elected to the Council in May 2000. His local ward is Lordswood and Capstone and he was Deputy Mayor in 2004-05.

David Wildey has been a Conservative Councillor for Lordswood and Capstone for 17 years having moved from SW London 34 years ago with his wife Denise who he married in 1979 and is now his Mayoress. 

They have 2 children Daniel and Mark who are grown up.

David was born in 1955.  He attended Riversdale Infants and later Riversdale Primary and then went on to Southfields Comprehensive School where he rowed and swam for his school.

After leaving school at the age of 15 David went on to College and gained his City and Guilds in Plumbing. During this time he was also working in the family business.

Then in 1980 David set up his own business as a Painting and Decorating Contractor.

Since moving to Lordswood David has had many interests including being a School Governor for primary and secondary schools for a number of years.  A volunteer at a local charity as well as having sat as a Trustee on Home Start, Princess Carers Trust and other charities.

David was a keen runner, (plodder) and in the past has run the London Marathon and various 10km runs.  He used to do Judo and Karate, classes with his sons.

As a Councillor, David has served on many committees and been a Portfolio Holder.  He has sat on the Foster Panel for Medway Council for many years.  He was the first Medway Chairman for the Corporate Parenting Group and has chaired many task groups.  He was Chairman of HASC until becoming the Mayor of Medway.

He has chosen 3 charities to support during his year as Mayor.  The Charities are all local or have local branches and are special to him in different ways.

Macmillan as everybody knows is a charity that helps people with cancer and too many of us have a family member or friend who has been affected by cancer.

Mark his son had cancer 6 years ago which was treated successfully at Medway Hospital in the Macmillan unit and was supported by Macmillan throughout his treatment.

His second Charity is the Samaritans.  He has chosen the Samaritans as he has known people who have been in need of support at troubled times of their lives as well as knowing volunteers of the Samaritans, and has great respect for their organization.

The other Charity he has chosen is MAGIC a Charity for Children and Young People with Autism and their families.

He first became aware of the Charity when there was a ‘Challenge’ to “Walk In Their Shoes” which meant he spent a day with a family with a child or children with Autism

 

What is a Mayor?

The Mayor is the highest position within Medway Council.

He or she is elected annually by councillors and presides over meetings of the Full Council.

He or she attends a number of Civic functions and public events throughout Medway and is also entitled to wear certain items of Civic regalia and the Medway Coat of Arms.

Most importantly, the Mayor is the first citizen of the area and the official representative of the Crown. This means that anywhere within Medway, the Mayor of Medway takes precedence over all others, including visiting dignitaries, mayors of other boroughs, chairmen of district councils, county councillors and the like - except royalty.