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Mayor's Office

Those members of our Council who are elected to the post of Mayor are proud of its traditions and zealous to preserve its privileges which have been acquired through many years.

The Mayor - "the Head and Chief Governor of the Town" - had for a long time been recognised as being, in his or her own Borough, second only to Royalty and the Queen's Deputy, the Lord Lieutenant, a status which continues to be recognised in the Borough and District Council by Section 3(4) of the Local Government Act 1972. This high standing at the present time is mainly one of honour and dignity rather than actual legal powers, a distinct contrast to the days before the Municipal Corporation Act 1835, when the Mayor was often virtually and legally a dictator within his own Borough.

The Mayor

The Mayor of Swale, Cllr Ken Ingleton

The Mayor of Swale, Cllr Ken Ingleton.

Councillor Ken Ingleton is a Councillor for Minster Cliffs Ward and serves as a member of the Standards Committee.

Ken is an “Islander” living in one of the oldest houses in Minster, from a family rooted to Sheppey for many generations, educated on The Island and trained as a construction engineer and reverting back to Agriculture as final occupation prior to retirement in 2009. He has been married to ‘Mick’, who also is from Minster, for over fifty years, both sharing an interest in their daughter and their dogs and horses.

Ken has been involved with the local community for most of his life, starting with the Scouts of which he is now the District Chairman. Also as a member of the Sheppey Round Table and now of the Rotary Club of Minster-on-Sea. He has been a member of the Conservative Party since 1964 and is currently President of the Sittingbourne and Sheppey Association.

Having been first elected to Swale Borough Council in 1979 and served as Mayor of Swale in 1986/87 he left the Council in 1990 to become the first Chairman of the New Swale Housing Association, returning to the Council in 1992 for a further four years. Work responsibilities prevented standing for re-election, however he continued to work toward the reinstatement of Minster Parish Council, which was lost in 1964 with the re-organisation of Sheppey Councils, Minster-on-Sea Parish Council was restarted in 2001 with Ken as its Chairman, a role which he has continued.

Ken is also the first chairman of The Island Learning Trust, a Sheppey based Academy including Minster and Halfway primary schools. He is also a Trustee of both Friendship House and of Thistle Hill Community Centre.

His main hobby is in the research and recording of local history, on which he gives presentations to schools and various groups, radio and television. He is also trustee of Minster Gatehouse Museum, Blue Town Heritage Centre and Eastchurch Aviation Museum and has recently become part of Historic Swale, which has been formed to assist Swale Museums and Heritage Groups to provide a good quality product that enriches the quality of life for the residents and visitors to Swale. 

"His aims this year are to promote the Borough of Swale and its Industry and Commerce as well as supporting youth organisations and their leaders together with asisting local Heritage Groups to conserve and publicise the Heritage of Swale."

Deputy Mayor

Deputy Mayor of Swale, Cllr Roger Clark.

Deputy Mayor of Swale, Cllr Roger Clark.

I was nominated for the civic post of Deputy Mayor by my fellow councillors and am pleased to have been voted in for the position this civic year.

I started life in May 1944. Born into a poor family, I am proud of my roots, having come from a mixed-race family and growing up in a council house. From an early age I was keen to do well in life and had the drive and determination to make that a possibility.

I have always been health conscious and active, getting involved in all kinds of sports, and became a keen boxer.

I have a background in construction, mostly working in central London as project manager to an American company. I also ran my own business alongside this. I worked 7 days a week to give my family the best life they could have.

The death of my wife in 2018 is the blackest time of my life and I miss her dearly. Despite this terrible loss I was keen to continue my work with the council.

To me, becoming Deputy Mayor is a privileged position and a great honour. I will endeavour to uphold the duties of this position.

Mayor's Engagements Calendar

Events that the Mayor of Swale will attend or be represented at.

Inviting the Mayor to a function

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The Mace, Chain and Badge of Office

Information on Swale's Civic Mace and the mayors chain and badge of office.

Armorial Bearings of Swale

Find out about Swale's coat of arms or armorial bearings.
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