Councillor Graham Lawman has been announced as the new Mayor of Wellingborough. Cllr Lawman, who has been an active borough councillor and Community Champion since 2006, knows what to expect from the job having been consort to his wife Lora during her time as Mayor a couple of years ago.
Cllr Lawman was born in Enfield, Middlesex and moved to Wellingborough in 2001. He developed an early interest in politics from his civil servant father, and has been heavily involved in community and campaigning work for many years. He is a keen sportsman, playing cricket regularly, and is a qualified football referee. He has been involved with Wellingborough Town Football Club since it was reformed in 2004 and is the club linesman.
Cllr Lawman was elected to represent the Hemmingwell ward on the borough council in 2006, and he has served as chairman of the Development and Audit Committees, as well as being a member of many other committees and working parties. He has represented the borough on the North Northants Joint Planning Committee, the County Traveller Unit and the Northamptonshire Enterprise and Business Improvement District boards. He is also a board member of the Wellibus, a trustee of the Victoria Centre, and on the advisory board of the Diamond Learning Community children's centre. Cllr Lawman has worked hard to help residents' association and other organisations join together to achieve community regeneration, and says he is particularly proud of the work done in the centre of the Hemmingwell estate. Since 2009, he has also served on Northamptonshire County Council, where he is currently Chairman of the Pensions Board and the Investment Committee.
Cllr Lawman said: "I am really looking forward to my year as Mayor. It is an honour and a privilege to be elected to the title, which is an extension of my role as Community Champion, councillor, and ambassador for the borough. I have a tough act to follow in my wife Lora, who was Mayor in 2010-2011 when I was consort, and I'm proud to have this chance.
"I will be using my mayoral year to meet as many people and organisations as I can, so that I'm able to see first hand the wide variety of community work happening in our borough, and offer my support. I hope I can bring together our diverse businesses, schools, sports clubs, voluntary sector organisations and communities whenever possible in order to foster relationships that will enrich the lives of all of our residents."
Councillor Lawman will be sworn in as Mayor at the annual meeting of the council on Tuesday 21 May.