The Mayor of Knowsley 2018/19: 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 KnowsleyMayor of Knowsley 2018-19, Cllr Jackie Harris alongside Mayoress

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 Roberts, who will serve as her Mayoress this year.

Public life

Jackie was first elected as a Councillor in 1993.

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.  She currently serves as a Governor at Park Brow Community Primary School.

Interests

Jackie is currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Carolinas Jazz Band in Kirkby.  She and her five sisters set up the marching band in 1978.  Jackie was originally a marching band member and up until 2017, was the secretary of the Committee.

Mayoress

Jackie’s daughter, Beverley Roberts, is Knowsley’s Mayoress in 2018/19.
Beverley is the assistant headteacher in a primary school and has been the trainer of the Carolinas Jazz Band for 20 years.  

The Mayor’s Charity

In 2018-19, the Mayor will be supporting:

Breast Mates Cancer Support Group - Registered Charity No. 1171678

Registered in February 2017, this is a fairly new Charity.   Eight of the nine trustees who run Breast Mates have had breast cancer and use their own experience to offer care and support to others.

As well working in partnership with Clatterbridge Hospital and other local professionals, the group holds many social activities including pilates classes, group meals and theatre visits etc. 

Hop Skip and Jump Foundation - Registered Charity No. 1081810

Based in Kirkby, Hop Skip and Jump provide immediate and flexible respite care for children and young adults with disabilities and special educational needs. 

A donation will also be made to:

Knowsley Carers Centre - Registered Charity No. 1082311

Knowsley Carers Centre is an independent, local registered charity and network partner of Carers Trust. They provide a range of services to support and enhance the lives of unpaid carers throughout Knowsley.