Councillor Bruce Tennent was invested as the Borough of Eastleigh’s First Citizen at the annual Mayor Making ceremony at King’s Community Church, Hedge End, yesterday evening (Monday 14 May 2018). Bruce, who represents West End North, has been a Borough Councillor for 12 years.
Bruce was born in Plymouth in 1953; his father was in the Royal Marines, resulting in Bruce attending ten different schools. After leaving school at 16 Bruce took up a mechanical engineering apprenticeship with the Admiralty Experiment Works (AEW) in Gosport Dockyard and also achieved a Sandwich Honours Degree course in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Portsmouth Polytechnic.
In 1981, whilst working France, he met his Brazilian wife Maria, and they married five years later in Brazil. They moved to the Borough and have lived in West End since 1994. They have one son, Alasdair, who works as a Geophysicist in Brazil.
After working for British American Tobacco in Southampton he took a career change from engineering and, in 2004, worked for Southampton City Council helping disadvantaged young people into employment. He then worked for Hampshire County Council, based in Eastleigh, for the Social Services Department.
Bruce said: “I’m really excited about my Mayoral year and I’m really looking forward to representing the Borough and promoting so many good things it has to offer.” He added: “In particular, I’m looking forward to meeting local residents, organisations and businesses that make up this great Borough - and I’m also looking forward to promoting and supporting my nominated charities“.
Bruce has also been a West End Parish Councillor since 2007 and became a Hampshire County Councillor in 2009. He is also a Hedge End Town Councillor.
Bruce enjoys working with the community and learning about the issues that are affecting local people so that he can do what he can to help.
This year’s Mayor's charity appeal will be in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society, National Autistic Society South Hampshire Branch, Wildern Opportunity Group and Hedge End, West End & Botley Scout Groups.
Councillor Darshan Mann, who represents Eastleigh South was invested as Deputy Mayor for the year.