"It is with great sadness that Maidstone Borough Council has learnt of the death of Brian Mortimer former Liberal Democrat Councillor for Coxheath and Mayor of Maidstone.
All who knew and worked with Brian will I’m sure have – like me - many memories full of Brian’s joyful time as Mayor and his stoicism as he continued to represent his constituents through a period of challenging ill-health until May 2018.
Our thoughts are with his wife Dianne and all of the family at this sad time."
Alison Broom - Chief Executive
The Deputy Mayor of Maidstone is Cllr Wendy Hinder.
Wendy was born and lived in Plymouth with her parents and sister until 1961 when she married her husband Bob who was in the Royal Navy at that time and they moved to Portsmouth. In 1962 they moved back to Plymouth where both their sons Andrew and Mark were born. In 1968 they returned to live in Portsmouth where Bob took up his first teaching post and where Wendy worked in the Inland Revenue staying there until moving to Walderslade in Kent in 1974. Both their sons were educated in Maidstone and Wendy continued working in the Inland Revenue in Maidstone until retiring in 2000.
Wendy first became a Boxley Parish Councillor in 2000 then, after deciding that she wanted to do more for her Ward, became an elected Member of Maidstone Borough Council in 2004. It is something that still gives Wendy great pleasure and satisfaction. She continues to be an active member of Boxley Parish Council. Last year Wendy shared Chairmanship of Licensing Committee and was also a member of the Heritage Culture and Leisure Committee. This year she will be remaining a member of the Licensing Committee and the Cobtree Manor Estate Charity.
Amongst other things Wendy has done voluntary work for victim support and been a school Governor at St Johns in Grove Green. She is also Chair of the Maidstone/Beauvais Twinning Association which continues to foster the long friendship between the two Towns for nearly 60 years.
Wendy has four Grandchildren of whom she is immensely proud, two wonderful sons, daughters-in-law and a very supportive and tolerant husband who is also a Member of Maidstone Borough Council. She enjoys exploring foreign shores, gardening, walking, reading and spending time with her family. She also still loves to return to her roots and family in the West Country when time permits.
Being nominated as Deputy Mayor, Wendy said:
"It is a great privilege to be nominated by my fellow colleagues to the position of Deputy Mayor and I hope I can fulfil the post to the best of my ability."
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