Mayor of Swindon

Cllr eric shaw the mayor of swindon

The Mayor of Swindon is Councillor Eric Shaw. Cllr Shaw has been a member of Swindon Borough Council between 2001 and 2012 and has represented the Chiseldon and Lawn from 2014 onwards.

Background information

  1. Instructor - American Youth Camp 1959 - 1969 Camp Mohawk, Nr Hinson, Dorset - Deputy Director 1968/69
  2. Justice of the Peace
  3. Community Health Council, Croydon 1996 - 1994
  4. South Croydon Primary Care Group, Lay Member 1999 - 2002
  5. Independent School Inspector 2001 - 2005

Eric was born in 1937 in Sedgefield, Co. Durham. He was educated at Stockton Secondary School from 1948 1955. Leaving school he joined the Army in December 1955 to begin two years National Service. After training he was posted to Tripoli, Libya as a sergeant in the Royal Army Education Corps where he joined 68 Army Education Centre. He spent the remainder of his service there teaching soldiers until his return to England in November 1957 to complete his two years' service.

In 1958 he enrolled as a student at Westminster Teacher Training College to begin a Two Year Course to become a qualified teacher. The college moved to North Hinksey, Oxford for his final year, it is now part of Oxford Brookes University. Eric's first post as a qualified teacher was Head of Physical Education at South Croydon Secondary Modern School in the London Borough of Croydon. He remained there for ten years apart from 1963/64 spent at Carnegie College, Leeds where he gained a Diploma in Physical Education.

Following Secondary School reorganisation in Croydon during the latter half of the Sixties Eric moved into primary education in 1970 when he became Deputy Headteacher of Whitehorse Manor Junior School in the north of the Borough. In January 1974 he was appointed Headteacher of Atwood Primary, a 5-11 mixed school in South Croydon close to its border with Surrey where he remained until his retirement in 1996.
Local politics became more important to Eric when he began helping one of the Ward Councillors who was also his Chairman of Governors. Just after Eric had announced his retirement in 1995 a bye­ election was called in the same Ward and he was selected as the Conservative candidate. He was successful and remained as a Croydon Borough Councillor for eleven years.

Eric and Pam decided to move to Swindon partly because they wanted to move into a more rural area after living in South London for over forty years and to be near their grandchildren. In 2004 they moved to the village of Chiseldon on the southern edge of Swindon. Eric joined Swindon Conservatives and was the successful candidate in the Borough Elections in 2006 becoming one of the Councillors representing Chiseldon and Wroughton Ward. Following Ward Boundary changes in 2012 Eric lost his seat in the Elections which followed later in that year but returned to represent Chiseldon, now linked with Lawn, in 2014. During his time as a Swindon Borough Councillor Eric has served on a number of Committees and been Chairman of Licensing and Childrens Overview and Scrutiny.

Mayoress Pam Shaw

Pam was born in 1938 in Canterbury, Kent and shortly afterwards the family moved to Sutton, Surrey. She attended Wallington Grammar School for Girls from 1950- 1956 from where she went on to Bingley Teacher Training College in September 1956. Two years later as a qualified teacher Pam joined the staff of Sutton North Primary School. She then moved onto Banstead Primary School in Surrey where she remained until 1962.

At this stage of her career Pam decided that her future lay in teaching children who had Special Needs. She taught at St. Christopher's School in Croydon from 1962- 1968 before leaving to raise a family. She returned to teaching on a part time basis between 1971-76 and to full time teaching in 1976 when offered a post at St. Nicholas School in South Croydon. Pam remained at that school until her retirement in December 1994 during which time she became Head of the Primary Department.

Pam and Eric first met at the Teachers' Centre in Croydon in the autumn of 1962. They married in 1966 and their first home was a flat in Wallington. Prior to their first child being born they moved into their first house in Purley, South Croydon close to Eric's school. Although they moved house twice in the years that followed they remained within the same district until 2004.

Mayor's charities

Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal

Brighter Futures, GWH's Trust Charity needs to raise a further £2million towards the overall cost for running this facility at GWH.

Nearly 700 patients with cancer have to make, on average, 40 journeys to either Oxford or Bath to receive the radiotherapy treatment they so urgently need. This means a round trip of at least 70 miles by road, Direct travel by public transport isn't possible so the time, cost and stress experienced by patients is enormous.


Dressability was established in 1998. It is a locally based charity which provides a clothing adaptation and alteration service for people of all ages with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and the over 65s. A free collection and delivery service operates within Swindon and up to 25 miles radius outside. Referrals are received from many sources eg hospitals, social services and health authorities.

The number of clients is increasing and Dressability needs to raise at least £63,000 per annum as it doesn't receive any government funding.

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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