Meet the new Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland

The new Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland has been officially invested at a special investiture ceremony today (Thursday 1 June).

Mayor Malcolm Head, an elected councillor since 2019, had previously been Deputy Mayor and said he was looking forward to; “being the best ambassador I can be for this wonderful area.”

He will also raise money for two local charities, The Junction which provides support for children and young people, and Footprints in the Community which provides a food bank and pre-loved children’s clothing and equipment for families in need.

“I feel very honoured and my wife and I are looking forward to meeting people who give so much to our communities throughout the year,” said the Mayor. “It’s also important to be an ambassador for the area and spread the word about what a great place this is to invest, work and visit.”

Cllr Head was born in Great Ayton but met and fell in love with Susan, a Redcar woman, and the couple married in 1973 in Dormanstown, Redcar. They recently celebrated their 50th anniversary.

The father-of-one and grandfather-of- two, who was re-elected to the West Dyke ward in Redcar last month, is retired. He worked for many years for two hotel groups ending up in London where he was Regional Director before moving back to Redcar in 1996 to take on a new role as a Business Manager representing a major bank.

The new Deputy Mayor is Cllr Neil Bendelow who represents the South Bank ward.

Outgoing Mayor, Cllr Stuart Smith, who raised £13,500 to be split between his two charities The Great North Air Ambulance and Teesside Hospice, was thanked for his work at the investiture today.