Lesley Bambridge became West Norfolk Mayor and chairman of West Norfolk Council for the coming year at the annual mayor-making ceremony last night (Thursday).
Ms Bambridge (pictured) was brought up in West Norfolk, went to school in Wisbech and later attended what is now the College of West Anglia. Her family then made a move to Brancaster.
She started working for Jaeger in Lynn and then later in London at their head office. She continued working in London for around 20 years and went on to work for Mecca, the entertainment company and later in PR, advertising and sales promotion.
Upon her return to Norfolk, Ms Bambridge was marketing manager for King’s Lynn Festival and the Arts Centre, advertising and promotions manager for the Isle College in Wisbech, and latterly, worked for the Education Business Partner organisation for Norfolk.
Spending some time as a member of Trinity Rotary, Ms Bambridge was their first woman president.
She has volunteered for organisations including The Child Contact Centre, King’s Lynn Night Shelter, as a trustee for West Norfolk Carers and has been a school governor for more than 20 years.
A borough councillor for a town centre ward for 15 years, Ms Bambridge currently lives near St Nicholas’ Chapel.
She has just completed a year as deputy to mayor and mayoress Harry and Brenda Humphrey.
Dennis, Ms Bambridge’s brother, is her consort, alongside former mayor, Colin Manning. She has chosen two consorts because of their other commitments.
The mayor’s chosen charities are The Bridge for Heroes and the Purfleet Trust, both of which have helped her to support residents in difficult situations.
Margaret Wilkinson is the deputy Mayor. Mrs Wilkinson has been borough councillor for the Fairstead ward since 1983. Her 39 years of unbroken service make her one of the longest serving councillors.