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Mayor of Swindon

The Mayor of Swindon is Councillor Maureen PennyMayor - Cllr Maureen Penny

Wards represented

Blunsdon and Highworth

Background information

Maureen was born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire. On leaving school she went to London to study and gained a degree in Chiropody. Her husband was part of the workforce who moved from London with the Post Office when it relocated to Swindon in c1972/3 and they bought their first house in Bevisland near Eldene. Maureen has one daughter, Clare and moved to Highworth in 1980.

She has worked for several different companies in Swindon the penultimate one being Cranfield University at the Royal Military College of Science, now The Defence Academy, eventually being relocated to Australia in 2007 as Director of Business Development (Australasia) to fulfil a feasibility study for the Australian Government on Defence Education.  During her time with Cranfield she returned to education gaining a Diploma in Management Studies and completing an Executive Masters of Business Administration in 1998.

Maureen joined Highworth Town Council in 2005 and was re-elected when she returned from Australia in 2009, she was elected as Mayor and Chair of Highworth Town Council for 2 consecutive terms in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. During this time she has set up and chaired many committees including 'The Highworth Partnership Group' and 'The Highworth Community Centre', which was created from the building which housed Northview School. She has also been Chair of Governors at a local Junior School, Chair of Ladybirds Childrens’ Centre and still sits as a trustee for the Highworth Charities.

Maureen has been the ward Councillor for first Highworth and then Blunsdon and Highworth since 2012. During her time at Swindon Borough Council, Maureen has served on a number of committees and been Chair of Childrens Overview and Scrutiny, Adult Health and Childrens Overview and Scrutiny, Adult Health and Housing Overview and Scrutiny and the Averies Task Group.


The Mayoress is Clare Hannah Penny

Background information

Clare was born in Princess Margaret Hospital in Swindon in February 1978.  She went to Highworth Westrop Primary and Warneford Schools.

After leaving Swindon College she joined Zurich, transferring to Capita when the Zurich contract was outsourced.  During her time with Capita she worked in several different locations including India and Ireland as Business Improvement Consultant. In 2016 Clare moved to Carillion (based at Nationwide House in Swindon) as Head of Customer Experience.

Clare will support her Mother as Mayoress as and when she is available, during the Mayoral Year 2017-18.

Clare lives just off Ocotal Way in Swindon with her partner John and their dog Patch.

Mayor's charities for 2017-18

Swindon Cares

Swindon Cares aims to engage all areas of Swindon’s community, schools, businesses, groups and individuals, to support people in the town. This is the vision of the Swindon Cares Committee where many local companies are represented. 

Swindon Cares started in 2003 and over the past 14 years has raised over £250K for more than 17 local Charitable, Community and Voluntary Organisations. This has been achieved by various events held each year, including  concerts, golf days, quiz nights and running half marathons.

Swindon Cares provides everyone with the opportunity to really make a difference to the lives of local people.

Jessie May

Jessie May is a charity that provides specialist nursing care for terminally ill children in their own homes. They offer vital respite care and emotional support to those children’s families, as well as end of life care and bereavement support, allowing families to make the most of the precious time they have together and creating treasured family memories.

Further information

If you wold like any further details about the Mayor or the Mayor's Charities, please contact;

The Mayor's Secretary
Tel: 01793 463599

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