Meet the new mayor: Councillor Michael Hill

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Cllr Michael Hill (left) is congratulated by outgoing mayor Cllr Tony Griffiths.

Councillor Michael Hill has been elected as mayor of Bradley Stoke for the civic year 2021-22. He was formally handed the chain of office on Wednesday 26th May at Bradley Stoke Town Council’s annual meeting, held at Brook Way Activity Centre.

Michael was born and educated in north London. He started his working life at a weekly newspaper before moving on to become a press officer at London Transport.

He spent most of his career on media duties with the Ministry of Defence. At different times, he was head of public relations at the Royal Air Force Headquarters at High Wycombe and latterly at the Royal Navy’s Fleet Headquarters at Northwood. His travels took him from Hong Kong to the Falkland Islands and from the West Indies to the Persian Gulf.

Photo of a councillor wearing a mayoral chain.
Cllr Michael Hill, mayor of Bradley Stoke for the civic year 2021-22.

Michael started his political innings at the London Borough of Barnet in 1974 and served as a councillor there for 12 years. Afterwards, he moved to Northampton and served on Northampton Borough Council for 18 years, where he was mayor in 2009-10. He also served for four years as a Northamptonshire county councillor, from 2005 to 2009.

Michael and his wife Margaret moved to Bradley Stoke in 2017 and live near Baileys Court. He can often be seen walking his cockapoo ‘Poppy’ in the area.

Michael’s other interests include railways, photography and football. He also enjoys travelling and was very fond of exploring the natural landscapes of Switzerland.

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Representing the Bradley Stoke South ward, Michael was elected to the town council in May 2019 and served as vice-chair last year.

His mayoral charities for 2021-22 are Dogs for Good, which is a life-transforming national charity, creating partnerships between people living with disability and specially trained assistance dogs; and St Peter’s Hospice, a local charity that provides care and support to adults who are living with a progressive life-limiting illness.

We wish Cllr Hill a very happy and successful year in office.

Related link: Council members and contact details (BSTC)

This article originally appeared in the June 2021 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 23). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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