Longstanding Liberal Democrat councillor Gill Mattock has been nominated as the next Eastbourne Mayor.
Gill, who is currently Deputy Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council and Portfolio Lead for Financial Services, has served as a councillor for St Anthony’s ward since May 2007. The Liberal Democrat nomination will be considered at a meeting of Annual Council in May.
Gill moved to Eastbourne in 1971 to study at the Eastbourne Teacher Training College where she qualified as a teacher and met husband Alan in her final year.
Her career in education included teaching in primary schools, prisons, colleges of further education and finished with teacher training. Her love of France began as a French teacher and continues with annual trips to the country.
Now retired, although council work plays a huge part in Gill’s life, she loves walking, is a member of two local rambling clubs and recently completed the 100-mile trek along the South Downs Way. Her knowledge of the Downs has proved invaluable in her role on the South Downs National Park committee.
Gill has a keen interest in all things medieval and is a regular volunteer at Bodiam Castle where she is a costumed interpreter and tour guide.
If the nomination is agreed, Gill will take over from current Mayor Councillor Pat Hearn who has held the position for two years.