Cllr Jerry Williams takes the chains of office as Wirral’s new Mayor for 2023-24
Cllr Jerry Williams was formally elected at the council’s Annual General Meeting (Part 1) at Wallasey Town Hall yesterday evening (Wednesday 17 May). He takes over from Cllr Jeff Green who served as Mayor since 18 May 2022.
Cllr Williams was first elected to Wirral Council in 1996 as a member for Bebington, but now represents the Upton Ward.
He has served on many Council committees and has also represented Wirral on the Liverpool City Region Transport Committee.
Born in Birkenhead in 1952 the Mayor has lived in Wirral all his life, taking his first job as an administrator at Cammell Laird, before moving into the construction industry and then to become a fundraiser for the Wirral Association for Disability (which became known as WIRED), where he ran Shopmobility operations.
Passionate about heritage and local history - specialising in World War II aviation and the Battle of Britain – he has been the Council’s heritage champion since its inception and has lectured in several countries around the world.
His other main interest is running, completing 34 marathons and over 100 half-marathons. Married to Irene for 47 years, they have two children and five grandchildren. Irene grew up in Rock Ferry before moving to the Woodchurch Estate, attending Woodchurch High School before taking a secretarial course at Birkenhead Technical College. Irene has had a number of jobs, including with a local estate agent for eighteen years.
Irene became a Councillor for Bromborough ward in 2010 and held the position until retiring in 2022 to spend more time with her family.
Cllr Williams announced that the Mayor and Mayoress will support and raise funds for:
- Bromborough-based Autism Together which has provided specialist support for autistic people for more than 50 years.
- Friends of Birkenhead Kennels which is a registered charity providing care and shelter for any lost or abandoned dog and helping reunite lost dogs with their owners and finding forever homes for dogs in need.
The Mayor’s Special Charity Fund will also make contributions to other Wirral-based charities and voluntary groups at the end of the Mayoral year.
Clatterbridge Councillor, Cherry Povall, was also elected as Wirral’s new Deputy Mayor at the meeting held in Wallasey town hall's Civic Hall.