The Mayor of Knowsley 2016-17: 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 KnowsleyMayor of Knowsley Cllr Frank Walksh with Mayoress Janet

Frank, a lifelong resident of Huyton, has the great honour of being the first person ever to serve as the Mayor of Knowsley on two occasions (having previously served for the first time in 2014 - 15).

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.

Interests

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

He can often be found taking a brisk walk in his local park and enjoys exercising his dog each day.

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

Mayoress

Frank’s niece Janet is the Mayoress in 2016-17 and is also equally honoured to take up this role once again.

Janet has lived in Knowsley for the last 18 years and has two grown up children.

Janet started her career as an apprentice hairdresser, a skill which she still utilises today.

She is passionate about young people’s first steps into employment and hopes that more and more young people can further their careers in apprenticeship schemes.

Janet’s interests include early-morning power walks and zumba classes with her daughter.

The Mayor of Knowsley’s Charity Fund

In 2016 - 17, the Mayor will be supporting:

The Big Help Project

The Big Help Project delivers five complimentary projects across Knowsley which are: Knowsley Foodbank, Jubilee Debt Advice, Next Steps, Get Connected and Baby Basics.

A donation will also be made to:

Knowsley Bridge - Imagine

Knowsley Bridge – Imagine work together with people with mental health issues and other challenges so they can live a full and independent life.