New Mayor For Maidstone


The new Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Derek Mortimer was elected at the Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) Annual General Meeting on Saturday 21 May. 

The AGM was held at Maidstone Town Hall when Derek, who previously served as Deputy Mayor of Maidstone, received his chain of office from outgoing Mayor, Cllr Fay Gooch.  

Cllr Mortimer moved to Maidstone in 1978 with his wife Sally, and has two sons, a daughter and six grandchildren.  He formerly worked for British Telecom for 23 years from an apprentice through to a lecturer in telecommunications.  Since then, he has been involved with several family businesses.

“It is an absolute honour to represent the Borough Council and residents in this historic Platinum Jubilee year of our Queen. I am looking forward to meeting as many people, organisations and charities as possible and promoting Maidstone at every opportunity.

We have all been through a lot over recent years and face further challenges going forward. However, Maidstone as the County Town of Kent will bounce back as it has a lot to offer in terms of business opportunities, our beautiful parks, and numerous events throughout the year.”

Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Derek Mortimer

Derek became a member of Tovil Parish Council in 2007 and in 2010 became a Borough Councillor as he wished to broaden his horizons.  He has served on many MBC Committees and was the Chair of the Communities Housing and Environment Committee for three years.  One of his proudest moments as part of that Committee was supporting the Council’s homelessness policies through a prevention and intervention programme so no one is left on the streets for whatever reason.  This is supported by the continuing provision of temporary accommodation and building our own properties to alleviate our country’s housing crisis.

As part of his role as Mayor, one of the duties will be to attend civic and ceremonial functions on behalf of the Council with preference being given to local organisations and to events within the borough, and Derek welcomes invitations from people across Maidstone.  Anyone who would like to invite him to attend should apply on line:  Maidstone Mayor