Councillor June Hitchen
Councillor June Hitchen was born and raised in Manchester. June comes from a proud working class family who have supported her in achieving all of her aspirations.
June has been employed in a variety of jobs throughout her working life, including working as a factory machinist, market trader at Newton Heath Market, an office worker, and a micro-electronic control engineer.
Although she has had a diverse career, her true passion lies in politics. With a strong desire to make a difference in her community and to do her part to change things for the better for the people of Manchester, June became involved in local politics. Councillor Hitchen has been involved in politics for almost 25 years, and for the last 16 years has been a local Councillor representing the Miles Platting and Newton Heath ward.
June has sat on various committees, and one of her proudest achievements is having the honour of becoming the first female Chair of Licensing for Manchester. In this role she led Manchester’s councillors in complex decision making involved in licensing premises for the sale of alcohol and provision of entertainment - an important responsibility in the vibrant modern city of Manchester.
June has two grown up children and one grandchild, all of whom she is extremely proud of. Her grandson is the latest of many generations to be born and raised in Manchester.
During her year of office, June hopes to inspire others to raise their aspirations and reach their full potential. She can often be heard saying “It’s an honour and a privilege to represent this great city, a city I am so proud of” and hopes that her time as Lord Mayor of Manchester will demonstrate that through hard work and perseverance you can achieve your aspirations and reach your goals.
June’s fellow councillor, Carmine Grimshaw will support her as her Consort during her term.
THE LORD MAYOR'S CONSORT
Carmine was born in Manchester City Centre at the old Saint Mary’s hospital, which was on Whitworth Street – a stone’s throw away from the Town Hall. He spent his childhood growing up in Ancoats, before his family moved to Newton Heath in the 1990s.
Carmine left school aged 16 and started an apprenticeship at a clothing and textile factory on Bradford Road, Ancoats as a sewing machine mechanic.
In the 1980s, following a family tradition, Carmine got his first licence as a street trader. He worked alongside his grandmother, uncles and his twin brother Brian selling flowers, fruit and vegetables on Manchester’s Thomas Street.
Carmine and his brother later went into the retail sector, running a convenience store in Newton Heath for more than 23 years. During this period Carmine became chair of the A-5 Off Licence Forum, a pilot scheme which encouraged the sharing best practices for the industry, that was later rolled-out nationally.
After selling his business, Carmine worked for six years at Manchester Leisure, running a truancy reduction programme for the Positive Futures Team.
In 2012, he stood in the local elections in Manchester and was elected as a councillor for Miles Platting and Newton Heath – a post he still holds.
DEPUTY LORD MAYOR
The Deputy Lord Mayor is Councillor Abid Latif Chohan.