For 2017 to 2018, the Mayor of Medway is Councillor David Wildey and 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. 

Photo of the Mayor and Mayoress


The Mayor's background

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 to 2005.

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 grown up children Daniel and Mark.

David was born in 1955 and 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. He has also been 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.