The Mayor of Knowsley 2019/20: Councillor Jackie Harris

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

Jackie has lived in Kirkby since 1954 and is one of six sisters. She attended St Joseph’s Primary School and then St Laurence’s Primary School, and went on to attend St Gregory’s Catholic Comprehensive High School, (which subsequently merged with St Kevin’s Roman Catholic School and is now known as All Saints Catholic High School). When she left school, Jackie began working at the Dickenson Factory in Kirkby, which specialised in pocket envelope production.
 
Jackie later gave up work to care for her parents. In 1988, she also began fostering and since then has fostered more than 30 children on short and long-term placements for nearly three decades.
 
Jackie has one daughter, Beverley, who is an Assistant Head Teacher in a Primary School.

Public life

Jackie was first elected as a Councillor in 1993 and this is her second year as the Mayor of Knowsley.
 
She has previously served as the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Social Inclusion and has had roles on many Council committees, including Governance & Audit, Adults & Children’s Wellbeing, Licensing, Health & Adult Social Care, Place Policy & Performance, and Education.
 
Jackie is passionate about education and served as the Chair of Governors at the former Springfield School (now known as Bluebell Park) for 21 years. Currently Jackie serves as a Governor at Park Brow Community Primary School a position she has held for the last 24 years.

Interests

In addition to her passion for education Jackie has a variety of other interests. She really enjoys spending time with family and friends and walking her dog ‘Marley’ in the local parks and greenspaces which she has recently been involved in helping the local community to renovate.

The Mayor of Knowsley's Charity Fund

In 2019/20, the Mayor will be supporting the following organisations:
 
Lee Cooper Foundation
 
The Lee Cooper Foundation was launched in April 2018 by a group of young people from Knowsley in memory of their friend Lee Thornley who had taken his own life in February 2018.
 
The foundation holds a weekly drop in centre and works with organisations to provide a free sports programme to young people in Knowsley to look to make a change in the mental health section and provide help for anyone who may need it.
 
The Ambulance Service (Children’s Air Ambulance)
 
The Children’s Air Ambulance is a national neonatal and paediatric service, flying critically ill children from one hospital to another for specialist care.  It is the first and only dedicated paediatric helicopter emergency transfer service in the country. The bespoke, specialist equipment on board the helicopter provides a flying intensive care unit for children. When a child is too sick to fly, the Children’s Air Ambulance can fly a specialist team to them.

Mayoress:

Mrs Marie Roughley

Jackie’s niece, Marie, is Knowsley’s Mayoress 2019 - 2020.

Marie has lived in Knowsley all of her life and has participated in a variety of charity work across the borough. When her children were younger she worked closely with Sure Start and until last year volunteered and participated with Carolinas Jazz Band.

Marie currently works at QVC in Knowsley where she regularly assists with fundraising activities.