Chelmsford Council choses new mayor

The new Mayor and Mayoress of Chelmsford for 2020 – 21 are Councillor Jude Deakin and her daughter Helen.

They were elected on Wednesday May 13 at the first-ever virtual meeting of the full Chelmsford City Council.

Cllr Deakin lived in South Woodham Ferrers with her two daughters Heather and Helen before moving to Chelmsford in 2006. She previously worked in logistics, recruitment, office management and as a carer.

The new mayor has represented Marconi Ward on Chelmsford City Council since 2007. Since 2009, she has served on Essex County Council representing Chelmsford West, enabling her to progress casework through both councils.

Cllr Deakin has served on various Essex committees, including Overview and Scrutiny, Corporate Parenting, People and Families, as well as being Chair of Chelmsford Youth Strategy Group. On the City Council, she had been Cabinet Member for Safer Chelmsford since May 2019.

On her election as Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Deakin said: “I am honoured to have been elected as Mayor for this great city and am looking forward to actively supporting local residents, businesses, community groups and charities during this challenging time.”

The Mayor appointed Cllr Linda Mascot to be her deputy and she will be supported by her husband, Ian, as her consort.

The Mayor’s theme for the year is ‘wellbeing’ and she has chosen three charities which work tirelessly towards that goal. They are Helping Hands Essex (HHE), MIND and Sanctus.

Due to the Government’s advice on limiting the spread of COVID-19 the Mayor and/or Deputy Mayor will not be able to physically attend events for the foreseeable future.

However, if you or someone you know has a special birthday or anniversary coming up and would like to invite the Mayor to join you by video call, simply visit and complete the ‘Invite the Mayor’ form with details of your celebration, your contact phone number and preferred choice of digital platform for video calls.

Subject to the Mayor’s availability, she may be able to schedule a call with you.

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Mick Ferris

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