Mayor of Dacorum
The Mayor of Dacorum for 2016-17: Councillor Robert Mclean
The Mayor is the first citizen of the borough and is elected to the post by fellow councillors at the annual meeting of the council in May each year. The role of Mayor is a non-political position and during the mayoral year, a Mayor puts aside council duties to concentrate on the role as the town's first citizen.
In addition to chairing the Council meeting, the Mayor attends many different types of functions throughout the borough. These include representing the council at civic functions, receiving dignitaries, attending formal dinners and church services, opening events, talking to clubs and societies and visiting schools. On occasions, the Mayor hosts visits to the Mayor's Parlour from various groups or organisations. The Mayor also has a deputy to stand in if they are unavailable.
The Mayor's correct title is The Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of Dacorum. After formal introductions, speakers should refer to the Mayor as Mr Mayor.
The Mayor's charities for this year are Community Action Dacorum and Dacorum Community Trust - further details can be obtained by contacting the Mayor's Office.
Councillor Robert Mclean was born in 1949 in the village of Cinderford in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, spending the first 10 years of his life in that country environment.
Robert married his wife Wendy in 1976 and this year they will celebrate their ruby wedding anniversary. Although they don't have children of their own, they have been surrounded by children from both families most of their lives. Currently, the list of nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces stands at 71!
Robert began his carer in retail management aged 18. However, after two years he moved into the then fledgling industry of Information Technology, based around Mainframe computing. In 1979, he joined the BBC, where he remained for 25 years, predominantly in management of the central IT department, rising to the position of Head of Central IT. He, however, remains a bit of a technology ‘Luddite’ until this day.
In 1995, Wendy began the first of two small businesses, the first an information technology and data management business, which is still operating successfully today.
After leaving the BBC, Robert moved on to other IT-related positions in Hemel Hempstead, where he worked for eight and a half years. A further opportunity arose to take on a second small business - this time providing laundering services to major airlines. This business continues to run successfully after nine years in operation.
Robert became both a borough and parish councillor eight years ago. At the borough council he has served on the Housing Scrutiny Committee, and is particularly interested in the provision of affordable housing for tenants and the children of tenants.
At the same time, he became a parish councillor for Kings Langley, where he has lived since 2001. He has resided in the home counties for the past 30 years, having previously lived in the Watford and St Albans areas.
Robert chaired the parish council for four years and is proud of the achievements of the council over that period. A high point was the winning of the Village of the Year West in 2011, at the first time of entering. Kings Langley community activities and maintaining the village look and feel remain a passion, and he is heavily involved in many of the social events of the village.
Robert is attached to the trust board of the Waterside Centre in Kings Langley. The centre provides educational services for those with learning difficulties. Their fantastic work helps give those individuals a purpose in life and an opportunity to learn life skills.
The opportunity to become Mayor of the Borough isn't something Robert had previously thought about. However, having taken on the role of Deputy for the past year, he and his wife have had the opportunity to see just how large and important both charitable and volunteer organisations are to the wellbeing of residents in Dacorum.
Robert has chosen two local, community-based charities - Community Action Dacorum and Dacorum Community Trust - to support in his mayoral year. These charities are focused on helping the vulnerable and the needy in our community. Robert and his wife look forward to using the prestige of the mayoral office to generate much-needed funds for these two very worthy causes.
Dacorum Borough Council
Mayor's Secretary: Jenny Barrett
Telephone: 01442 228202