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Meet the new Mayor

Councillor Ann Willis has been elected as the new Mayor of Beverley, following Beverley Town Council’s Mayor-Making at the Guildhall tonight. Councillor  Willis, who represents the Minster South ward, served as Deputy Mayor under Councillor Rob Begnett last year.

Yorkshire born, Councillor Ann Willis has lived in Beverley for 18 years; moving here from Bridlington when her late husband, the Rev Tom Willis, retired.

“My Christianity is central to my life.  As part of this I believe we should be willing to serve our local community.  I attend St Nicholas midweek and help at St John’s, Bransholme, on Sundays,” she said.

Councillor Willis describes her family as very important to her. “I have four daughters and a son who has Downs Syndrome and six grandsons – therefore I realise how necessary it is that we have good facilities for our young people of whatever ability,” she said.

“I went to Hull University as a mature student (on a full grant), and I have a degree in psychology, which I taught for a number of years and then I gained a diploma in counselling and worked for my last 13 years in work for the NHS in a GP surgery.”

Councillor Willis works as a volunteer for Cruse Bereavement in the Bridlington area and is a member of Beverley Against Poverty. She also assists at the Community Kitchen.