Councillor Nick Couldrey was invested as the new Mayor of Eastleigh following his election by his fellow councillors at the Mayor Making ceremony on 22 May.
Nick represents the Fair Oak & Horton Heath ward and has been a Councillor since 2016 He is also a Councillor on Fair Oak & Horton Heath Parish Council. His wife Ann is the Mayoress.
Nick was born in Nairobi, Kenya. He was sent to school in the UK at the age of 13 and attended school in North York Moors. After York University he became a solicitor in London where he met his wife Ann. Ann was a doctor and worked at Southampton General Hospital. They married in 1978. They have two children who live in London and three grandchildren. Nick retired in 2014 and volunteers one day a week for Citizens Advice.
Nick said, ““I am really looking forward to being Mayor. It will give me a chance of seeing more of the fantastic work done by so many people in our communities. These projects are often run by volunteers who deserve our support and I will be delighted to do so on behalf of us all.”
Nick has chosen Citizens Advice Eastleigh as his charity for the year. They are an independent charity and part of the Citizens Advice network across England and Wales. They have been helping Eastleigh residents for 80 years and provide free, confidential and impartial advice.
Councillor David Pragnell who represents Chandlers Ford ward was invested as Deputy Mayor for the year.