Councillor Graham Wilson has been elected as Poole’s 763rd Mayor at this year’s Mayor Making Ceremony.
The ceremony also saw Councillor Mrs Carol Evans elected as Sheriff and Councillor Les Burden, appointed as Deputy Mayor. Previous Mayor Chris Bulteel for 2010/11, was not re-elected in the local elections and is unable to take up the position of Deputy Mayor.
As the new Mayor, Graham Wilson’s duties will include chairing the meetings of the council, overseeing all citizenship ceremonies for people becoming British citizens in Poole and representing residents as their ambassador at numerous functions.
The Mayor of Poole, Cllr Graham Wilson, said: “It is an honour to be elected as the Mayor of Poole and it will be a privilege to represent the citizens of our beautiful, historic town. I’m looking forward to encouraging the voluntary sector and recognising the achievements of the people of Poole.”
Cllr Graham Wilson has chosen to support four projects for his mayoral year; Friends of Forest Holme, About Face, The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation and the Dorset Blind Association.
Having lived in Poole all his life, he and his wife, the Mayoress Sally have three children and 11 grandchildren. A retired Senior Engineering Manager, Cllr Graham Wilson now enjoys spending time with his family. First elected to the Council in 1996, he represents the Newtown ward.
The newly appointed Sheriff of Poole, Councillor Mrs Evans, will support the Mayor with his civic duties and responsibilities. She has served as a councillor for the Poole Town ward since 2007.