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New Mayor for Rushcliffe

26 May 2017

At its Annual Council Meeting last night (25 May), Councillor Barrie Cooper was elected as Rushcliffe Borough Council’s new Mayor.

This will be Councillor Cooper’s second term as Mayor (having previously been Mayor of Rushcliffe in 2008/09) and he brings with him a wealth of experience and fund raising ideas for his chosen charity for the year – the Friary in West Bridgford.

Councillor Cooper was first elected as a Borough Councillor for the Gamston ward in 2003, and as a County Councillor representing West Bridgford Central and South in 2005. He became Vice Chairman in 2012/13. Prior to a career in politics, Councillor Cooper studied at the Nottingham & District Technical College and worked his way up through the print industry, retiring in 2001 as an account manager. He was born in West Bridgford in 1936 and attended Trent Bridge School.

Councillor Cooper is former chairman of the West Bridgford Local Area Forum and served as a governor of Lady Bay and Greythorn primary schools and a board member for the Citizens Advice Bureau. He’s a member of St Paul’s Church in West Bridgford and his interests include following and, formerly playing, football, cricket and basketball and reading.

Also at the meeting, Councillor Mrs Maureen Stockwood became the Council's Deputy Mayor. Councillor Mrs Stockwood, who represents Cranmer Ward, has also been Mayor before and is looking forward to supporting Councillor Cooper through his year in office.