Councillor Leon Murray was elected as Mayor for 2015/16 at the Annual Council Meeting and Mayor Making Ceremony on Thursday 21 May 2015. He will be supported during his year in office by the Mayoress, his wife Mrs Barbara Murray.
Councillor Murray was born in Jamaica and immigrated to Telford in 1961. He was raised a Methodist and attended the New Street Methodist Church just two days after arriving in England. To this day, Leon regards the Methodist Church as his spiritual home and is Vice President of British Methodism.
Leon has involved himself fully in the local community, becoming a lay preacher, a magistrate and helping West Mercia Police with the production of training materials. He has also done much important work to tackle racial discrimination, including writing a thought provoking book on the subject called Being Black In Britain.
In 2004 Leon was awarded the MBE and appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Shropshire in 2004. He has been a member of the West Mercia Probation Board, director of four charitable trusts, president of the YMCA and chairman of a mental health charity.
Leon and Barbara have lived in Hadley since their marriage in 1986 have two grown up daughters, Christine and Rachel.
The Deputy Mayor
The Mayor will be supported during his year in Office by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Jane Pinter who is one of three elected representatives for Dawley & Aqueduct ward.
Jane lives in Little Dawley with her husband Louis and has two grown up daughters.
Mayor’s charity appeal
For this year's charity appeal the Mayor will be raising funds to support his chosen charities - The Samaritans (Telford), Wellington Cottage Care Trust and MS Society (Telford & District).