The Council and democracy The Lord Mayor of Manchester

A portrait of Paul Andrews in an official gown and gold chain of office

Councillor Paul Andrews

Councillor Paul Andrews was born in Crumpsall Hospital, Manchester in 1955. He lived in the Bradford area of the city until he moved to Wythenshawe in 1959. He went through the Poundswick School system: Infants, Juniors, then Poundswick Grammar, which he left in 1970. Paul then completed an apprenticeship in the print industry, before starting work in 1978 as a baggage handler at Manchester Airport, where he was elected shop steward in 1985. Paul’s last eight years at the Airport, where he worked until 2003, were spent as full-time Union Convenor for the Transport and General Workers’ Union.

Paul was first elected to Manchester City Council in 1996, representing Woodhouse Park ward, and since 2002 he has represented Baguley ward. He served on several committees, including Planning, Licensing Standards and most of the scrutiny committees during that time. Paul completed two terms on the Executive Committee between 2008 and 2017, first as Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services, and then for Adults Health and Wellbeing. Paul has also represented the Council on outside bodies, including Parkway Green Housing Trust/Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, the Flood Risk Defence Committee, Greater Manchester Pension Fund, and the Airport Consultative Committee, as well as serving on several governing bodies. More recently, he served on the Manchester Airport Trust Fund and the Port Health Authority.

Paul has been married to Karen since 1996. In his spare time, he enjoys annual trips to Scotland and Ireland, where he likes to indulge in his favourite pastime, fishing.

For his year as Lord Mayor, Paul has chosen the theme of Celebrating Carers. Through his work with both Adults and Children’s Social Care, Paul understands the importance of the care given to vulnerable individuals by family, friends, volunteers, and professional organisations. He acknowledges that carers enhance the quality-of-life experience for both the present and the future. This recognition is shared by the Lady Mayoress, as a result of her long career working with Children’s Services.

The Deputy Lord Mayor

The Deputy Lord Mayor is Councillor Carmine Grimshaw.

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