New mayor of Wellingborough named

Cllr Graham Lawman
Cllr Graham Lawman

he next mayor of Wellingborough says he’ll use his year in office to support people and organisations in the borough.

Cllr Graham Lawman will be sworn in as mayor in May, but says he has a tough act to follow after his wife, Lora, was mayor in 2010-11.

He was elected to represent the Hemmingwell ward in 2006. He has also been involved in community and campaigning work for many years and is a board member of the Wellibus, a trustee of the Victoria Centre, and on the advisory board of the Diamond Learning Community children’s centre.

Cllr Lawman says he is particularly proud of the work he’s done at the Hemmingwell estate.

A keen sportsman, he plays cricket regularly and is a qualified football referee. He has been involved with Wellingborough Town Football Club since it was reformed in 2004 and is the club linesman.

Since 2009, he’s also served on Northamptonshire County Council, where he is currently chairman of the pensions board and the investment committee.

Cllr Lawman said: “I am really looking forward to my year as mayor. It is an honour and a privilege to be elected to the title, which is an extension of my role as community champion, councillor, and ambassador for the borough. I have a tough act to follow in my wife Lora, who was Mayor in 2010-2011, and I’m proud to have this chance.

“I will be using my mayoral year to meet as many people and organisations as I can, so that I’m able to see first hand the wide variety of community work happening in our borough, and offer my support. I hope I can bring together our diverse businesses, schools, sports clubs, voluntary sector organisations and communities whenever possible in order to foster relationships that will enrich the lives of all of our residents.”

Cllr Lawman was born in Enfield, Middlesex and moved to Wellingborough in 2001. He developed an early interest in politics from his civil servant father, He’s served as chairman of the borough council’s development and audit committees, and been a member of other committees and working parties.

He has also represented the borough on the North Northants Joint Planning Committee, the County Traveller Unit and the Northamptonshire Enterprise and Business Improvement District boards.