The Mayor's Office
The Mayor and Mayoress
The Mayor for this year is Councillor Ken Hartley. His Mayoress is Councillor Jayne Mills.
Born and Bred in West Craven, Councillor Hartley is an Aerospace Engineer by profession.
He began his working life as a trade apprentice with Rolls-Royce in Barnoldswick. Following a full and varied career, working for them in Derby, Europe, Canada and North America he retired after 30 years of service. Making the transition from aircraft engines to aircraft, he started a second career looking after the care, maintenance, and certification of executive Jet aircraft and managed overhaul bases in Montreal and Toronto.
Returning to the UK following his final retirement, with time on his hands he became active in local politics firstly in the Midlands and latterly back here in Pendle. He is currently in his third term as both a Councillor on Barnoldswick Town Council and Pendle Borough Council representing Craven Ward.
Within the Council, Councillor. Hartley has specialised interests in the planning process and Community Health issues. For several years he was chair of the Development Management Committee, a Governor of Airedale Hospital NHS Trust and he is the current Co-Chair of the Pendle Health and Well-being Partnership Board.
Outside the Council he maintains an active interest in our Local Heritage, Music and Musical Theatre, Genealogy research and family history, and when he has a bit of spare time. growing fruit and vegetables.
In his inaugural speech Councillor Hartley committed to consolidating and improving the links between the Council and the Office of Mayor and the people of Pendle. He also pledged to work, to the best of his ability, in search of a fairer and more prosperous Pendle.
His Mayoress, is Councillor Jayne Mills.
Councillor Mills has been a resident in West Craven for 30 years.
Shortly after moving to the area, she commenced a career with the Inland Revenue. During this time she raised a son, who has gone on to study for a PHD at Lancaster University. Her career with the Inland Revenue came to a halt when redundancies were announced some 18 years later.
A change of direction took her into a supervisory and management role in retail. In more recent times, an active interest in local politics has developed, with Councillor Mills being successful in becoming a Pendle Borough Councillor and Town Councillor for Coates in Barnoldswick. Her personal interests are in sport, photography and the environment.
Councillor Mills is looking forward to the coming year in being able to visit the Borough's schools, businesses and organisations and also raise funds for the services that go the extra mile.