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The Mayoralty

Find out about our Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

The Mayor for 2024/25 is Councillor Ann Kingstone

Ann's biography

I was born and raised in Huddersfield, where my family lived in a tiny millworkers cottage next to the railway and T.P. Woods. We lived "on the breadline", as my Dad used to say. Benefitting from the inexpensive foods at Huddersfield market, including large boxes of broken biscuits, black bananas and an occasionally rabbit stew! I attended Spring Grove Primary School then Royds Hall High School where I enjoyed a wonderfully diverse group of friends from families who had come to the UK from Ireland, Pakistan, India and the West Indies.

After leaving school I lived in North Yorkshire and studied with the York School of Nursing to become a Registered Nurse for people with learning disabilities. Though I loved nursing, I felt that I had underachieved and should be capable of degree-level study. I could of course have done a degree in nursing. However, influenced by a strong religious background, I particularly wished to study Theology. So after the birth of my first child made shift work impractical, I left nursing to become a university student, attaining a joint honours degree in Theology and Secondary Education with Qualified Teacher Status. After a few years in school teaching, I went on to study for an MA in Biblical Theology, becoming a lecturer at Trinity and All Saints College in Leeds (now Trinity University).

Following the birth of my third son, I left teaching to become a full-time mother and child carer, looking after my sister's pre-school children as well as my own. Then, when they had all grown to school age, I started my own business as an independent knitwear designer, writing knitting patterns and books for intrepid knitters. This has led to some fantastic experiences in far-flung places, including exhibiting in New York and teaching knitting in India.

Worsening local conditions spurred me to do something that would make a difference. So, I rolled my sleeves up and applied to become a councillor. Although this has taken up a lot of my time, it is very rewarding to see the difference we make working together in local government.

I have lived in Calderdale for the last 24 years. I love walks in our beautiful woods and moors with my husband and children. Also, exploring wondrous local heritage locations, such as The Piece Hall, Bankfield Museum, Shibden Hall and Gibson Mill. I also love the diversity of our towns. Where local culture is enriched by the traditions of local people whose family heritage is rooted in many different parts of the world. As well as in our local Yorkshire heritage and by the many ways in which Calderdale people express themselves authentically as who they are. I look forward to joyfully celebrating with you all our 50th anniversary as a metropolitan borough through Calderdale's Year Of Culture.

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The Mayor's Consort is her husband, Dave Kingstone

The Deputy Mayor is Councillor Diana Tremayne

Diana's biography

I have been a councillor in Todmorden since 2021. I was also a town councillor in Tod before that. I grew up in Shropshire where my dad ran a sports centre. It was a great place to live as we were a sporty family and there was always plenty to see and do.

I went to university at Bradford and that was when I first started getting to know West Yorkshire. I always enjoyed the train journey to and from university, but did not realise then that I would end up in Calderdale! I studied German and Russian and was able to travel a lot as part of my degree. After that I did a PGCE in Modern Languages in Sheffield and also met my partner Rachel. We have been together for 30 years now. We moved to the Calder Valley in 1997 and have lived in Todmorden since 1998. Our daughter Scarlet went to school locally and will be finishing college soon.

Most of my work has been in education: secondary, further and now higher education. I used to teach ESOL at Calderdale College and now I work at Leeds Beckett University teaching on one of the PGCE courses. It has been a privilege to work with so many students from different cultures and countries over the years. Also, to see the warm welcome they receive in Calderdale. My education background ties in really well with my work on the Children and Young People Scrutiny Board. I am also a member of our Fostering Panel and love seeing the impact that foster carers can make on the lives of those they care for.

Rachel and I also ran a community café when we first moved to the area which was a great way to meet people locally. After over 25 years here we still find new places to explore and also things to get involved in from sustainability initiatives, cultural events, community gardening, the local folk festival and much more. It is a privilege to take on the role of Deputy Mayor and to have the opportunity to see even more of what goes on right across our beautiful borough.

The Deputy Mayor's Consort is her partner, Rachel Terry

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