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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Mayor of Elmbridge

At the Annual Meeting of Elmbridge Borough Council held on Wednesday 18th May 2016, Councillor Tannia Shipley was formally elected to serve as the Mayor of Elmbridge for the Municipal Year 2016-2017.

Tannia has been married to Nigel for 43 years and they have lived in Weston Green since 1986. They have two grown-up daughters. Nigel runs his own shipbroking/valuing company.

Tannia was born in South Wales and is proud of her Welsh roots. She moved to London whilst she was still at school, and readily admits that it was a culture shock. With Welsh as her first language, she remembers having difficulty coping with the speed of spoken English! However, Tannia went on to become a secondary school teacher and was quickly promoted to a senior management post in a large Comprehensive School in South London.

Tannia was elected as a Councillor in 1999 and feels honoured to have been able to serve the ward of Weston Green ever since. Over the years she has served on the Planning, Licensing, Environmental Services and the Community Affairs Committees. She is a Trustee of the Elmbridge Trust for Older People and Walsingham Care. She has been a member of the Older People's Advisory Body for many years, having been Vice-Chair and now Chairman for the last two. She has also represented the Council on CHEER for some time. Tannia has also spent many years on the East Area Planning Sub-Committee.

Tannia has chosen to support two charities during her Mayoral year, |Elmbridge Community Link and |CHEER. During her 17 years as Councillor, she has witnessed and been impressed by the outstanding work that both these organisations carry out in the Borough. Money raised during her Mayoral year will enable both charities to undertake more outreach work.

CHEER is a small, local charity with more than 60-years' experience of offering benefit advice, a voluntary network of home befrienders and an important link to other services available to the elderly within Elmbridge.

ECL offers opportunities to adults and young people with a learning disability to live more fulfilling lives by learning new skills. The professional and dedicated staff and volunteers run a variety of projects for people with a wide spectrum of learning disabilities.

Tannia is a keen supporter of the arts. She has been a Trustee of the R C Sherriff Trust since 1999, and Chairman for many years. She firmly believes that culture and the arts are an integral part of a community, with the ability to enrich the lives and wellbeing of residents.

Tannia and Nigel are looking forward to the coming year when they will be able to meet the many volunteers and organisations that help to make Elmbridge such a special place in which to live.

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