Councillor Stephen Reynolds was elected as Mayor for 2017/18 at the Annual Council Meeting and Mayor Making Ceremony on Thursday 25 May 2017. Stephen will be supported during his term in office by the Mayoress, his wife, Councillor Shirley Reynolds.
Councillor Reynolds was brought up in Solihull and upon leaving school was employed at the newly formed Severn Trent Water. Stephen spent his working life as a Customer Relations Officer and since his retirement has done voluntary work for Severn Hospice and the National Trust.
He moved to Telford when he married his wife, Shirley and together they have two grown up children; Graham who works at Telford College of Arts & Technology and Gilly, also a Borough Councillor.
Stephen became a Borough Councillor at the 2015 election and is one of three elected representatives for Oakengates and Ketley Bank ward. Since 2011, he has served as a Member of Wrockwardine Wood and Trench Parish Council as well as a Member of Oakengates Town Council, where he has undertaken the role of Mayor three times.
The Deputy Mayor
The Mayor will be supported during his year in Office by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Raj Mehta who is one of two elected representatives for Horsehay and Lightmoor ward.
Raj became a Borough Councillor at the 2016 by-election and is also a Member of Ketley Parish Council. Raj has been working with the NHS for nearly two decades and runs a private surgery. He lives with his wife, Poonam who is also a local GP and two children, Swatik and Rahul.
Raj has past experience serving as a Police Constable for 10 years and also holds the position of School Governor for Lawley Primary School.