From the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Anne Millward.
Councillor Anne Millward was named the borough’s first citizen at full council on 20 May 2021.
Councillor Millward, represents Gornal in this, her second stint as a councillor since 2015.
Councillor Millward named her son, Jack, as consort for her 12 months in office.
Councillor Millward has chosen two charities she wants to support during the year which are Dudley Mind and the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme. She has also vowed to set up a special community fund to help community groups and voluntary groups. The fund will provide money for small projects and help groups access equipment, following a difficult year caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Councillor Anne Millward, Mayor of Dudley, said:
"I think what the Duke of Edinburgh did to help young people to reach their full potential is nothing short of inspirational. I decided to raise money for the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme to continue that legacy and help the young people of this borough flourish.
"Dudley Mind also does some incredible work to support people affected by poor mental health. I want to do all I can to help them carry on doing that – particularly after the year we have just had when many people will have struggled. “In addition to that, the community fund is about helping borough groups who have been hit hard over the past year. It is vital we continue to give them access to funding so they can continue their important work.
"We will be announcing the details of how that will work in due course, but the Mayoral role gives me a unique opportunity to help people who need it most and I am very much looking forward to doing that."
Deputy Mayor of Dudley
Councillor Sue Greenaway 2021-22
Councillor Greenaway will take up the role of Deputy Mayor with her husband Desmond as consort. Cllr Greenaway represents the Brockmoor and Pensnett ward of Dudley borough.
THE ROLE OF THE DEPUTY MAYOR
A deputy Mayor of the borough is elected every year at the council’s annual meeting at the same time as the Mayor is elected. They also serve in the role for a year.
During this time the Deputy Mayor attends many civic and ceremonial functions and represents the Mayor in their absence.
Right: Deputy Mayor, Cllr Sue Greenaway and her consort, husband Desmond Greenaway.