New Mayor of Stevenage

24 May 2018

The Mayor of Stevenage for 2018/19, Councillor Margaret Notley, has taken office.

Margaret came to Stevenage with her parents in 1956, and lived in Longmeadow originally. She married David Notley in 1975 and moved to Symonds Green. Daughter Louisa was born in 1978 and son Peter in 1981, and both went to Woolenwick schools where Margaret is a Governor.

She was first elected as a councillor for Symonds Green ward and served from 1992-1996. After her husband passed away she took a step back from politics until she was elected as a councillor for Woodfield in 2000. She has served on many committees including as vice-chair of the Community Select Committee.

As chair of Symonds Green Community Association, Margaret has been active in her local area for many years. She is also a strong supporter of the town’s international links, as a member of the Stevenage-Ingelheim-Autun Twinning Association and the Stevenage-Kadoma Link Association.

Most of her working life was in the jewellery trade, starting with making jewellery in Hatton Garden, London, and finishing in a jewellery shop in Stevenage Old Town.

When not on council duty, Margaret loves spending time with her grand-daughter, Keira and all of her family and friends, as well as going to the theatre, cruise holidays, seeing her brother and his family in Canada and listening to Elvis.

Margaret aims to meet as many organisations as possible during her year as Mayor, and hopes to hold a charity concert and a civic or community service. She is also looking forward to attending the Pride of Stevenage awards, and is planning to hold a fundraising curry night and a Christmas carol service.

During her year in office, Margaret will be supporting the charities Carers in Hertfordshire, Stevenage District Scouts and TRACKS autism.

The Deputy Mayor is Councillor Simon Speller.

The new Mayor said: “I am delighted to serve as Mayor and will use the opportunity to support the many local groups that work to make Stevenage an even better place and such a strong community. As well as backing the important work of my chosen charities, who support young people and carers in different ways, I will attend as many events as possible.  Although it will no doubt be a hectic year, I’m really looking forward it.”

If you would like to invite the Mayor to your event, email the Mayor’s Secretary