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The Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Councillor Karen King 2017/18

Councillor Karen King was elected as Redcar and Cleveland's Mayor at the Council's AGM on 18th May, 2017 with her official Investiture Ceremony taking place on the 26th May at the Kirkleatham Pavilion, Redcar.

The Lib Dem Councillor for the Marske St Germain's Ward is 48 years old, she was brought up in New Marske and currently lives in Marske. She worked at Philips Petroleum for 20 years before becoming a full time foster carer and a celebrant and has served two years as a Borough Councillor.

Her Mayoress for her year in office will be her Mother, Mrs Desiree (Des) King.

Karen King

Councillor King, said she was humbled to be chosen but was excited for the chance to promote the borough and celebrate its people.

Cllr King has vowed to concentrate on supporting her two chosen charities during her year in the role.

She explained that she has chosen Still Parents: Baby Bereavement Support Teesside, which supports parents and families dealing with the tragedy of stillbirth and The Junction in Redcar, which works with some of the boroughs most vulnerable young people, as the Mayoral charities.

She said: I am a celebrant, so I conduct weddings, funerals and naming ceremonies and one of the hardest things I have ever had to do in that role was help parents in that position.

The work done at The Junction for our young people is another cause close to Saltburn-born Cllr King's heart, as she has fostered 22 children in the last 12 years. Now she provides a loving home to a young man as part of the 'Staying Put' scheme for young people who are past fostering age.

Her Deputy is Councillor Malcolm Griffiths, who has served as a councillor on Guisborough Town Council for 30 years and a borough councillor for two years. Cllr Griffith, a father-of-two and a grandfather, was born on Teesside but moved away before returning in the mid-1970s. Now a successful businessman, he worked at Cleveland Bridge before going self-employed 30 years ago.

He said he would concentrate on promoting the borough to as many people and businesses as possible. I am going to spread the word about the wonderful place where we live, he said.

If you would like to book the Mayor for an engagement or have any queries regarding the Mayor please contact:

The Mayor's Office
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
Leisure and Community Heart
Ridley Street
Redcar TS10 1TD
E-mail: jane.holmes@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk
Tel: 01642 444501



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