New Lord Mayor For Liverpool

Lord Mayor Cllr. Roz Gladden
THE new Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden, will be sworn in at the Town Hall later today (25 May). Councillor Gladden – who has served on the city council since 2003 – has been heavily involved in the adult social care and health portfolio and held a number of senior posts including Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for adult social care and health. Originally from Derby, Councillor Gladden came to Liverpool after meeting her husband Roy at the Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth in 1985. She worked as a building surveyor and then project manager in local government before going on to work for several MPs before being elected to the council. The new Lord Mayor said: “Although I was not born in Liverpool, this is my city of choice and I can’t think of a higher honour that could be bestowed on me than to represent the place that I call home. “I am really looking forward to getting out and about and seeing the very best of Liverpool over the next 12 months.” The role of Consort will be split between the Lord Mayor’s husband, Councillor Roy Gladden, and her daughter, Michelle O’Dwyer who will be Lady Mayoress. Roy was previously a trade union convener and social worker, and Michelle is a chef and runs her own catering business. In their spare time, the couple spend time with their grandchildren and tour Europe in their motorhome. The Lord Mayor will be sponsoring four charities during her time in office: Tom Harrison House – a specialist facility providing addiction treatment exclusively to military veterans, reservists, emergency personnel, and their families: www.tomharrisonhouse.org.uk R Charity – raising money to provide additional equipment at the new Royal Liverpool Hospital: www.rlbuht.nhs.uk/fundraising Heartbeat Liverpool – providing advice and assistance, educational programmes and activities to help young people express themselves artistically and participate in society: www.liverpoolheartbeat.com Claire House Children’s Hospice – which offers care, support and choice to families whose children won’t live to be adults: www.claire-house.org.uk Cllr Gladden added: “I am hoping to raise a lot of money for my charities this year, but just as importantly I want to raise the profile of the excellent work they do in very difficult circumstances.”