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The Current Mayor is Cllr Barry Lipscomb

Cllr Barry LipscombCllr Barry Lipscomb was appointed as the new Mayor of Winchester at a Mayor Making Ceremony at Winchester Guildhall on Wednesday 18 May 2011 - his wife, Christine, will serve as the Mayoress.

Cllr Lipscomb and his wife officially took over the role from Cllr Richard Izard and his wife, Elaine, to become the 812th Mayor of Winchester; the second oldest Mayoralty in England.

During his term as Mayor, Cllr Lipscomb's chosen charities will be Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, The Rifles Care for Casualties Appeal and the Winchester Cancer Research Trust.

Cllr Lipscomb said: "My wife and I are acutely conscious of the honour which has been bestowed upon us and greatly look forward to serving the people and District of the ancient city of Winchester to the very best of our ability. I have always been a committed proponent of the Mayoralty, which, like the City, has such a fantastic history; words seem inadequate to describe being given the immense privilege of being the 812th holder of this historic office, second only to the Lord Mayoralty of London in terms of official precedence. The coincidence of our year of office with our 40th wedding anniversary makes 2011 extremely special for us as a family."

About the new Mayor

Born in London in 1943 and brought up on the Suffolk coast, Barry spent his "fascinating, varied and always challenging" career in the UK Immigration Service (now UK Border Agency), serving at many of the UK's major ports, culminating with regional management responsibility for a swathe of the UK based on Heathrow Airport.

In 1971, Barry met and married Christine Rickman, from Lymington, a history teacher in Bournemouth; thus began a long association with Hampshire, which he regards as his home county by adoption. In 1975, Barry was posted to Southampton and the family moved to Brockenhurst, in the New Forest. There he began his career in local government by being elected as a Member of New Forest District Council, representing Lymington from 1979 to 1987, when his work took them out of county to live for a while in West Sussex, where he chaired the Governing Body of his local primary school and restored its fortunes. In 1995, Barry was once more based at Heathrow and he and Christine returned to Hampshire and settled in Winchester.

Barry is very proud of his family; they are a Consultant Paediatrician, a PR Director and an Ecologist. He naturally adores his two young granddaughters, who live in Northern Ireland.

Since moving to Winchester, Barry has been involved in public and voluntary service in a number of ways. They have included appointment to the former Winchester & Central Hampshire Community Health Council; Non-Executive Director of the former Hampshire & Isle of Wight Strategic Health Authority, Independent Police Custody Visitor and Parish Councillor. He is presently a Member of the Hampshire Independent Education Appeals Panel, a Member of the Council (Trustee) of the City of Winchester Trust and, since 2008, he has been Chairman and Trustee of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance charity. All of these are positions where Barry was/is able to help others and, especially, improve the quality and effectiveness of the service concerned and champion individuals' rights.

Barry was elected to Winchester City Council in 2002, as Member for Wonston & Micheldever Ward. He is very proud of his Ward, Winchester and the wider District and enjoys a cross-party reputation as a Councillor which has now culminated in his election as Mayor. He says that "there is no magic formula to being a successful Councillor, just instilling trust through being straightforward, working hard to improve people's lives and, where possible, by solving their problems". He regularly attends meetings of his three Parish Councils and, with his Ward colleagues, holds a monthly surgery. In the Council, he has formerly led the Conservative Group, established the Shadow Cabinet principle and been a member of Cabinet. More recently, he has taken a special interest and served in Planning and Scrutiny, chairing the Environment Scrutiny Panel from 2008-2010. He has also held a number of other positions and Committee memberships.

When not busy with his many activities, Barry enjoys relaxing through caravanning, travel, photography and just enjoying the built and natural environment. He has a deep interest in people and current affairs and speaks to various degrees several European languages.

Following the well-established tradition, Barry has selected three charities which he will support through an extensive programme of fund raising during his Mayoral year. They are his own Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, The Rifles Care for Casualties Appeal and the Winchester Cancer Research Trust, which supports the excellent work done by the Breast Unit at RHCH. Barry says "I am delighted to already be working actively with my chosen charities, each of which has its own distinct link to Winchester. I know that local people will again prove to be very supportive of the Mayor's Charities; these are three excellent and very deserving causes which it is a privilege to help. My Charities Committee already has a very exciting draft programme for the year, including some major new events as well as some established favourites." Full details are on

Barry stresses that he is Mayor of the whole District, from Denmead to Micheldever. He has chosen as the theme of his Mayoralty "the promotion of vibrant community", through interest in organisations and individuals that motivate, employ, support and care for people and their environment. He already has a rapidly filling diary but welcomes invitations to meet and support businesses, organisations and events across the District.

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The Broadway

Tel: 01962 848 259

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