New Mayor of Winchester is elected

Press Release: 18/05/2006

The Mayor of Winchester Cllr Sue Nelmes

Last night's Civic Mayor Making ceremony at Winchester Guildhall saw Cllr Sue Nelmes become the 807th Mayor of Winchester.

First Elected to Winchester City Council in May 1998 as member for the town ward of St Bartholomew, Cllr Nelmes has served on a number of committees including Licensing and Principal Scrutiny and has held the positions of Chair of Best Value and Vice-chair of Standards, Personnel committee and also the Town Forum. She was also a member of the Cabinet, holding the Portfolio for Performance Management and Procurement for two years.

Her early life was spent in Surrey, and after leaving school, worked mainly in insurance and merchant banking.

In 1974 Cllr Nelmes began work for Hampshire County Council where she enjoyed a number of responsibilities carrying out Public Relations for the County Architect and arranging conferences and seminars. Her favourite job was finding sponsors and looking after the major exhibitions of sculptures by Elisabeth Frink and Henry Moore.

After transferring to the Recreation Department she helped to put together a large number of functions in the Country Parks, including a 3-day reunion of those who worked, or were patients, at the Royal Victoria Military Hospital in Netley.

Cllr Nelmes then set up her own PR consultancy and also took a part-time job with the City Council in the Housing Department. She became involved with the trade union and ended up as the Branch Secretary dealing with members' problems, assisting in the formulation of policies for disciplinaries, grievances and redundancy. She was also heavily involved in negotiations for the transfer of the Direct Works services to SERCo.

On retiring from the City Council she stood for election to the Council.

Every year the Mayor of Winchester raises money for his or her chosen charities. This year Cllr Nelmes has chosen Emmaus Hampshire a social enterprise whose aim is to help homeless people help themselves, Naomi House, The Samaritans (Winchester & District Branch), and Winchester Basics Bank.

On her appointment Cllr Nelmes said, "I am very aware of the honour and responsibilities of this position and look forward to meeting many people from all areas of the district and learning much more of the work done by so many volunteers".