Councillor Rae Evans was elected as Mayor for 2016/17 at the Annual Council Meeting and Mayor Making Ceremony on Thursday 26 May 2016.
Councillor Evans was brought up in Oxfordshire. After completing a teacher training course at Worcester College of Higher Education, she moved to Telford in 1977.
She became actively involved in the local community as a Trade Union member which later led to her involvement in local politics.
She has previously been a member of Bridgnorth Town Council and is still currently a Member of Madeley Town Council, where she has been Chairman four times.
Councillor Evans has also previously worked for the Training and Enterprise Council and the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce delivering training and business development support.
She is currently head of HR for Bethphage, a local charity which supports people with learning disabilities while undertaking her role as a Borough Ward Member for Woodside.
The Deputy Mayor
The Mayor will be supported during her year in Office by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Stephen Reynolds who is one of three elected representatives for Oakengates & Ketley Bank ward.
Stephen has been a Member of Oakengates Town Council as well as Trench and Wrockwardine Wood Parish Council since 2011.
He became a Borough Councillor at the 2015 election. His wife Shirley and daughter Gilly are also Borough Councillors and Gilly is Cabinet Member for Employment, Education and Regeneration.
Stephen spent his working life as a Customer Relations Officer for Severn Trent Water and has done voluntary work in retirement for Severn Hospice and the National Trust.
Stephen and Shirley also have a son Graham, who works at TCAT. Stephen’s personal interests include collecting CDs and records, local history and travel.