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Mayor of Weymouth and Portland

Councillor Gill Taylor

Councillor Gill Taylor was elected Mayor of the Borough of Weymouth and Portland on 17 May 2018. She provides some background information on herself on this page.

My name is Gill Taylor. I was born many years ago in Wigston which is a suburb of Leicester. My father was from Leicester and my mother from Coventry. They were initially pen pals in WW2 when my father was in India. They met when he returned to England, fell in love and married in 1948. I have one older brother.

I went to a large comprehensive school in Leicester and from there went to work at the Public Health Laboratories where I continued my education.

I moved to the south coast when I was 21 on my own as I always wanted to live near the sea so ended up in Bournemouth as a young single female and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I then worked at Poole General Hospital.

I married my first husband in 1977 by which time I was living in Dorchester, we subsequently moved to Weymouth in 1979 where we had two children.

I had a variety of jobs all around fitting in with my young family and ended up working as a lecturer at Weymouth College. While there I renewed my thirst for knowledge and started a degree with the Open University. Years later I ended up with a BA then went on to get a 1st class BSc Hons, qualifications which I have never used except for answering quiz questions.   

I married my second husband, Trefor, in 1999 and gained two more children, who were really adults by that time but I always regard myself as having four children.

I worked for Cefas (Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquiculture Science) for many years in a variety of roles, initially as a lab manager but latterly as a manager of a team of Fish Health Inspectors, a job which I loved. I retired in 2007 as I wanted to do something different and wanted to help people and give something back to society. I decided to stand for election in Westham West which is the ward where I live, I was unsuccessful in 2004 and 2007 but eventually took the seat in 2008. I have had a variety of roles on this council, latterly as Housing Briefholder, a role which I am incredibly honoured to be able to undertake. I have long had an interest in housing and housing related issues so this was my dream job.

Away from the council I love reading fiction, doing embroidery and patchwork, plus I still have a fascination for maths and mathematical puzzles.

Mayor's engagements

In general, the Mayor undertakes around 400 engagements a year, mostly within the borough, and is supported by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Alison Reed, who is asked to attend those engagements where the Mayor would otherwise be double booked.

Invitations

Invitations can be made in the form of a letter or by email. In view of the Mayor's busy schedule, it is essential all invitations are made through the Civic Office giving as much notice as possible. The Civic and Ceremonial Officer will contact you upon receipt of your invitation.

Invitations are dealt with in the order that they are received. The Mayor is unlikely to be able to accept an invitation at less than 14 days notice.

Booking

Once it has been confirmed the Mayor is able to attend your event or function, you may be asked to provide detailed information about the booking via the Mayor of Weymouth and Portland engagement form. The information requested is important to ensure that all the arrangements can be made for the Mayor (or Deputy Mayor should the Mayor not be available) to attend your function. It also gives the Mayor the opportunity to find out more about the event and your organisation beforehand.  

Notes and guidance

The guidance note attached to the engagement form will provide you with useful information when the Mayor is due to visit. Please read this before completing the engagement details.

Mayor of Weymouth and Portland's Charities

It is usual for the Mayor to support one or two charities during their Mayoral year which aims to raise the profile of the charity and assist in fundraising.

The charities selected for 2018 -2019 are:

  • The Lantern Trust
  • Dorset Domestic Abuse Welfare Committee

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