The Mayor of Knowsley 2017/18: Councillor Frank Walsh

Each year, the elected members of the council choose a mayor for the coming year. The Mayor represents Knowsley at public events and ceremonies as well as civic events in other towns, cities and countries.

About the Mayor of Knowsley

A lifelong resident of Huyton, Frank is the Mayor of Knowsley for 2017/18. He has had the privilege
of being Mayor on two previous occasions, in 2014/15 and 2016/17.

A former pupil of St Dominic’s Primary, Junior and Secondary Modern schools, Frank started work for the Jackson/Burton Tailoring Company and then the Birds Eye Frozen Food Company.

In 1974, Frank embarked on a long career with Merseyside Fire Brigade, where he served as a firefighter at a number of local stations for over 27 years.
He then worked for four years as a recruit/firefighter instructor before retiring in 2005 after 31 years’ service.

During his career with Merseyside Fire Brigade, Frank served as a voluntary member of the Merseyside Police Authority Lay Visiting Scheme for a decade. This was the first scheme of its kind in the country.

Frank has also served as a member of the Board of Visitors for HMP Thorn Cross and for the Parole Board.

Public life

Frank was first elected to Knowsley Council as a Councillor for St Gabriel’s ward in 2008.

He has held a wide range of positions, including Vice Chair of Human Resources Appeals Committee, Vice Chair of Governance & Audit Committee, Vice Chair of Finance & Governance Committee, Chair of the Employment Working Group for Huyton Partnership Board and Chair of the Polling District Review Working Group.

Frank is an extremely passionate and active champion of his local community and holds a key role as the Chair of the Friends of McGoldrick & Sawpit Parks and volunteers at the Info-Zone and at his local Parish Church.

Frank is also a practising member of St Gabriel’s Parish Church.


Frank enjoys an active lifestyle as a keen member of his local gym, where he is particularly enthusiastic about weight training.

Frank has also been a keen runner over the years and has completed many half marathons and 10km runs to raise money for charity.


The Mayoress for 2017/18 is Frank's sister-in-law, Eileen.

Eileen retired in 2013 after a career working in Education and IT in Knowsley. She is passionate about working with local schools and has a strong interest in health and nutrition.

Eileen is a mother and grandmother and has many interests including reading, power walking and home improvements.

The Mayor of Knowsley’s Charity Fund

In 2017/18, the Mayor will be supporting:

Willowbrook Hospice

Willowbrook Hospice cares for people suffering from any illness, disability, disease or other infirmity, whether physical or mental.

A donation will also be made to:

Lyndale Cancer Support

Lyndale Cancer Support is a voluntary group and charity providing caring support in a homely and friendly environment to help and support people affected by cancer, their families and friends.