BREAKING NEWS: New Mayor of Rugby appointed at the Town Hall

MHRA-17-05-12 Mayor May33'New Mayor of Rugby Councillor. Katherine Lawrence .
MHRA-17-05-12 Mayor May33'New Mayor of Rugby Councillor. Katherine Lawrence .

KATHRYN Lawrence has been named the new Mayor of Rugby today (Thursday).

Cllr Lawrence (Con, Hillmorton) was appointed during a special ceremony at the Town Hall at 11am this morning.

She is taking over the civic role from Gwen Hotten who is stepping down after 12 months.

Cllr Lawrence has chosen the Friends of St Cross as her chosen charity for the year.

Cllr Lawrence represents Hillmorton Ward as a Conservative councillor. She is the chairman of appeals committee, a member of customer and partnerships committee and play provision in new housing developments task group.

Cllr Lawrence was elected to represent Hillmorton on Rugby Borough Council from 2000-2002 as an independent councillor and was elected in 2008 as a Conservative Councillor.

Along with her current committee membership, she has also been a member of groups reviewing Highways Drainage and the Community Involvement of Young People. Currently, Cllr Lawrence is RBC’s Young Peoples’ Champion.

Cllr Lawrence is a Hillmorton girl having lived in Hillmorton all her life. Educated at the local village school and Dunsmore School for Girls (now Ashlawn). Leaving school with a cluster of exam results and an Edyvean-Walker Travelling Scholarship, she took a gap year, which was spent working at a local accountancy company as a personal secretary.

After training to become a teacher, Cllr Lawrence taught in Biggleswade and then returned to Rugby to teach at Guilsborough School, a large rural comprehensive, where she completed 31 years teaching humanities and history. She was a head of year, a co-ordinator for more-able students and PSHE & citizenship co-ordinator.

Despite leading a busy life, in 1990 Cllr Lawrence returned to the realms of academia, and although she was working full-time, managed to gain a Bachelor of Philosophy (Education) 2.1 Honours degree at the University of Warwick.

It was her membership of BPW UK Ltd (Business and Professional Women) that led Cllr Lawrence to consider local politics. Membership of an organisation that is committed to encouraging women to achieve their full potential resulted in her election as the President of BPW Midlands Region and in serving two years as a director on the national board.

Cllr Lawrence has also served as a chairman of governors at Hillmorton Primary School and is currently chairman of the Hillmorton Jubilee Association, a Trustee of Hillmorton Charities, and member of the Rugby Local Management Committee of Warwickshire CAVA.

Her preferred stress busters include gardening, dining with friends, not to mention retail therapy and driving her sports car.