The Mayor

The current Mayor of Redditch is Councillor Juliet Brunner.

Here is what she had to say when she was elected to Mayor, including some biographical information.

Cllr Juliet Brunner

May I begin by saying how immensely proud I feel that my co-Councillors - and through them the people of Redditch - have done me the honour of asking me to be the Mayor of Redditch in this exciting new administration.

I am a local girl: born in Birmingham and a long time resident of Redditch, albeit with a short educational interlude in Adelaide, and I feel humbled that I can now give something back to the town I love.

I have served the town in the capacity of Councillor, County Councillor and School Governor for over thirty years and have always lobbied hard for Redditch - at local, county and national level (I, along with others, led the Worcestershire Fairer Education Funding lobby group, taking Governors to Parliament to lobby the then schools minister David Miliband).

The position of Mayor will give me the opportunity to take this service to a new level - and I intend to do so.

I will champion the NHS, where I had a distinguished career for over twenty years, and, having two disabled children myself, I will continue to take a very close interest in Special Needs education.

I believe passionately that it is a privilege to serve one's community and here I have to pay a special tribute to my dear, late father who always encouraged me in my political endeavours. He sadly passed away after losing a battle with Bowel Cancer - and you wont be surprised to hear that Bowel Cancer UK will be one of my chosen charities in my Mayoral year. This is an awful condition that has also affected me personally.

My other charities will be the Sandycroft Centre (formally the All Women's House) a Local charity who undertake great work supporting Redditch people in need of help, with a wide range of services. Last but by no means least I have chosen to support the Royal British Legion. Their wonderful work with our Armed forces is a powerful example to us all. My Grandfather served with distinction as a Chindit in Burma and in his memory I proudly wear his medals each Armistice Day. My Great Grandmother also suffered great loss in World War 1 losing 5 sons.

My political journey began in 1998 when I joined the Conservative party.

In 2004 I stood for election in my home ward of Matchborough and Ipsley. The community then bestowed the great privilege as serving as their Councillor upon me. I have remained as their Councillor since that time and have subsequently been re-elected 4 times.

I have always said that I believe you can only truly serve a community if you live within it.

Whilst serving on Redditch Borough Council I have served on many committees. I particularly enjoyed Chairing the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. I have been a Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and instigated the Redditch Roadway Arts project and introduced the two vehicle tests for taxis in Redditch improving the safety of the fleet.

I served as Group Leader of Redditch Conservatives from 2013, continuing in the role until 2018.

I also have served on Worcestershire County Council for Arrow Valley East Division, first elected in a by-election in 2008 and again in 2009-13. I chaired the Health Overview and Scrutiny committee and the Children and Young people Overview and Scrutiny committee. I was re-elected in 2017 and currently Chair the Adult and well being Scrutiny Panel.

During my Mayoral year we will commemorate two historic anniversaries: we will celebrate the Centenary of The Representation of the People Act 1918 which gave women the vote - I will be hosting an Equality Tea Party to commemorate this auspicious occasion; and we will stand shoulder to shoulder with our colleagues in the Royal British Legion to remember and honour those who fell in the First World War, which ended 100 years ago. We should not, and will not, forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Continuing our town's proud traditions and connections with our Armed Forces: I will be inviting our Town Regiment the Mercian's to parade through our town.

It is a most humbling privilege to accept the honour of the office of Mayor of Redditch and I pledge that I will do my best to represent the people of this town with pride and dignity. The Consort role will be shared between my husband Mark , my daughter Arlene-Victoria and my dear friends Gay Hopkins and Angela Heighway.

On a personal level, in my spare time - yes, I do have some! - I read political thrillers and am a huge fan of Michael Dobbs. I also crochet, walk my five dogs and adore going on cruises with my husband Mark

Finally, to return to my father: one of the most valuable lessons he taught me was that you can be part of the problem or part of the solution - always choose to be part of the solution. This has been my mantra during my years of public service - and it will be my guiding light, in this, my Mayoral year.