The Lord Mayor of Exeter

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2. The Lord Mayor & Deputy

The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor & The Deputy Lord Mayor

Councillor Lesley Robson comes from Buckinghamshire. Her grandfather was Mayor of High Wycombe, whilst his brother moved away to become Mayor of Hythe and Sandwich. She grew up in the Chilterns, and lived there until she went to University in Reading where she read Maths and Physics. Councillor Robson then went on to work for IBM, programming computers which, at that time, were large machines living in special air conditioned rooms. She married her husband, Bryan and they spent their early married life in Maidenhead. They had 3 children, two boys and a girl.

While the children were still young Bryan's job, as an engineer, took them to Greece where they spent a very happy 12 years. While Bryan was busy in the Middle East, involved in helping build roads and desalination plants, Councillor Robson taught maths at some of the local international schools, dodging schools so as not to teach where her children were! She also learnt to teach English as a foreign language. 

The family left the Middle East in 1988 to be near Bryan’s mother and brother in Devon. Bryan went to Exeter University to read History and Lesley taught English as a foreign language in Exeter. She later went on to work with students with dyslexia and other related problems

Bryan in the meantime became City Councillor for Cowick, subsequently becoming Deputy Leader of Exeter Labour Party and Deputy Lord Mayor. After his death, she was extremely proud to be elected a City Councillor for Priory.  She has now served Priory for 11 years and was appointed Deputy Lord Mayor in 2015 following her husband’s footsteps.

Councillor Robson was Champion for older people for Exeter and is also a Trustee of Wonford Community Centre, RAMM museum and Age UK Exeter. She has chosen Age UK Exeter as her chosen Charity for the year.

Her hobbies are reading and gardening; but, as she says, you wouldn't think so if you saw her garden at the moment!

Joining the Lord Mayors as deputy this year is Cllr Kate Hannan who was born and grew up in Lancashire. She came to live in Devon in 1990, moving to Exeter in 2007 and becoming a councillor for Priory Ward in 2015. She is married to former County Councillor Andy Hannan.