Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Bob Smytherman new Catholic Mayor of Worthing

Worthing Mayor Bob Symtherman
Bob was first elected to Worthing Borough Council in 2002 to represent Tarring Ward. During 2003/04 he was appointed as the Executive Member with responsibilities for Planning and Economic Development; he then went on to become Leader of the Opposition Group until 2008. In 2009 Bob was elected to represent the area on West Sussex County Council and re-elected in May 2013. From 201-2013 he was Chairman of the Worthing County Local Committee.

As a Councillor Bob has served on most of the Council’s committees; mainly the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Panels; he was also Chairman of the Licensing Sub-Committee.

Bob went to St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School in Worthing and regularly attends  St Mary's Catholic Church in Richmond Road where he is a regular Minister of the Eucharist. The Parish priest Father Chris Benyon will be Bob’s Chaplain during his mayoral year.

Bob has worked in the town since 1988; firstly as a manager of a take-away in The Royal Arcade owned by the former Mayor & Honorary Alderman Nick John and later for the local business Connaught Leisure. Bob has also been a cycling instructor for West Sussex County Council and Night Manager at the Chatsworth Hotel in Worthing.

As well as his work on the Council, Bob is a Trustee of the popular local charity Worthing and Arun MIND and also Chairman of the Federation of Private Residents’ Association which has represented the interests of long leasehold flat owners in England & Wales.

Bob’s charities for the year will be Worthing Guild Care, Worthing Alzheimer’s and Worthing and Arun Mind which will soon become Coastal West Sussex Mind following a merger with Chichester area MIND. The Mayor’s Charity Committee will be chaired by former mayor’s chauffeur Percy Nowell.

Bob’s Mayoress is Councillor Norah Fisher. When attending mayoral engagements with Bob, Norah will be accompanied by her assistance dog “Herbie” who is a Labradoodle. 

The Mayoral charities photographer (John Young Photography) took some wonderful pictures of the event  www.johnyoungphotography.net and the pictures and video about the Mayor are included on his charities website http://www.worthingmayorscharities.co.uk/

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