Meet the Mayor

The Mayor and Mayoress of Weston-super-Mare are Councillor Mark Canniford and Mrs Estelle Canniford. Councillor James Clayton acts as deputy.

Due to the coronavirus, there will not be a change of Mayor until 2021.

The Mayor’s office is in Grove House, which is situated in the historic Grove Park. The 17th Century building houses portraits of previous Town Mayors. The Mayor’s Parlour is a working office with insignia to be used during civic events.

You can view the Mayor’s diary online and if you would like the Town Mayor and Mayoress to support, open or attend your event, please phone or email the Town Mayor’s Civic Officer

Mayor Making Ceremony – 16th May 2019

A video showing the Mayor Making Ceremony of May 2019:

Councillor and Mayor Mark Canniford

A photograph of the Mayor and MayoressI came to Weston in 1969 when my parents moved to RAF Locking and have lived here ever since. I have been running my own businesses in the town since 1984. I married Estelle and we have a daughter called Chantelle who is at Weston College studying music as a singer-songwriter.

I became a Councillor for the Hillside in 2003. Along with this councillor role, running my businesses, being a governor at Weston College and having a family is challenging but I enjoy every minute of it.

I have been a Governor at the college since 2007, chairing, auditing and leading on Safeguarding and am proud to be part of their very successful journey. In my limited own time, I love motorcycling, gardening and watching Rugby.

I see many opportunities for Weston-super-Mare but it is essential to overcome the Naysayers and drive our town ever forward. I have been honoured to serve the people of Weston-super-Mare as Mayor.

Deputy Mayor Councillor James Clayton

A Photograph of James ClaytonI have lived in Weston-super-Mare for twenty years and have five children who were born in Weston, and go to college and schools locally.

I have been a councillor now for 7 years alongside working full time.

Outside of work-life, I have a passion for boxing and I am currently the chairman and level one England boxing coach of Weston Amateur Boxing Club. I volunteer two nights a week to coach young boxers to give them a focus and stability.

We have a great town with great people doing so many wonderful things it is an honour to represent the Town in the capacity that I do.

The Mayor’s Charity 2019/20: About in Charley’s Memory

In Charley’s Memory (ICM) was started after Jo’s son Charley took his own life. Jo knew first hand there was a serious short fall in support for young people, so she founded ICM.  In the early days ICM had one counsellor and saw a handful of young people a month. Fast forward 4 years and we currently see 42 young people a week for one to one counselling. ICM works tirelessly to raise awareness with young people about mental health and helping to reduce the stigma that is still attached. This is achieved by visiting schools and talking to the students as well as running some drop in sessions.

Offices are based in Burnham-on-Sea.  Approximately 50% of our clients come from Weston, and many of our student counsellors coming from Weston College. Our goal is to get premises in Weston so that we can support young people from Weston without them having to travel to Burnham.

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