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The Council and democracy The Lord Mayor of Manchester

Councillor Tommy Judge

A portrait photo of Tommy Judge as Lord Mayor of Manchester October 2020

Councillor Tommy Judge was born in 1956 in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, where he attended the Holy Name Primary School.  Later, he and his family moved to Heywood, where he attended Our Lady and St Paul’s Primary School, before moving to St Joseph’s Secondary Modern, where he acknowledges his only qualification was representing the school football team.

At 15, Tommy left school and, realising he needed to change his ways, joined the British Army Royal Armoured Corps, serving for six years with the 4th Royal Tank Regiment.  During that time, Tommy had more than one close call with terrorist attacks, being blown up twice.

After leaving the army, Tommy returned to Manchester, where he met and married his wife Carole.  They have been married now for nearly 40 years and have two grown-up children, Sarah and James, who both live and work in Manchester.  Tommy spent the rest of his career - over 30 years - working as a Bus Station Supervisor for what is now Transport for Greater Manchester.

Tommy was proud to be elected to Manchester City Council in 2001 as Councillor for Sharston ward in Wythenshawe, and has served as Assistant Executive Member for Education, and Vice Chair of the former Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority.  He has also sat on various committees including the Resource and Governance Scrutiny Committee, Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee, Communities and Equalities Scrutiny Committee, Health Scrutiny Committee, Licensing and Appeals Committee, and the former Wythenshawe Area Consultative Committee.  He is delighted to hold the post of Armed Forces Champion for Manchester. 

Tommy is proud to have become Chair of Governors at St Paul’s High School in Wythenshawe, where the ‘kid without qualifications’ insured that children from one of the most deprived areas in the city had access to good-quality education.  Tommy said: “I am honoured that a kid like me can become Lord Mayor of the City of Manchester and I hope to do my city and my family proud”.

During his term of office, Tommy hopes to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing in our Armed Forces, serving personnel and veterans, and also within the Emergency Services.

 

The Lady Mayoress

Carole, the daughter of a coal miner, was born and raised in Ardwick, Manchester. She has three brothers: Anthony, Billy and Steve. Growing up during the miners’ strike meant life was often difficult for the family and her mum Irene struggled to make ends meet. Despite this, Carole has fond memories of her childhood.

Carole attended Bank Meadow Primary School, Ardwick and later, after the family moved to Wythenshawe, Yew Tree High School. After leaving school, Carole worked for the Co-op, Barclays Bank and Wythenshawe Hospital.  

After their children, Sarah and James, were born, Carole became a full-time mother. Carole is proud that both children went to Manchester primary schools, high schools and colleges, before going on to graduate from university.  When their children started school, Carole volunteered at the local primary school, where she assisted teaching staff in Key Stages 1 and 2 with literacy, numeracy, drama productions and swimming lessons.

Carole has supported a number of charities over many years, including Alzheimer’s Society, British Heart Foundation, St Ann’s Hospice and Wythenshawe Safespots. Carole loves gardening and is famous for her hanging baskets! She enjoys babysitting her granddog Coco, a rescue dog owned by Sarah.

Carole feels honoured and privileged to have the opportunity to be Lady Mayoress of Manchester.

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