The new Mayor of Southend, Councillor John Lamb was inaugurated as the 99th first citizen of the Borough on Thursday, 9th May, 2019
The Worshipful The Mayor of the Borough of Southend-on-Sea
Councillor John Lamb
John has lived in Leigh on Sea since 1984 and prior to that in London, in the Boroughs of Ilford and East Ham. He attended Sandringham Secondary Modern School and started work as a Railway Operating Apprentice with London Underground in 1963 at the age of 15.
During his career with London Underground he attended the East London College as an apprentice and South West London College whilst training as an Area Manager. He took early retirement in 2006, having worked for London Underground for 43 years and was a Senior Business Manager, responsible for the whole operation of a train service on one of the Lines ( Ran Northern, Jubilee and East London Lines, was also Business Manger for BR Privatisation bringing the Waterloo and City Line into London Underground from Network Rail). He had worked through all the grades in the operations department and was the youngest Station Master they’d ever had at 25years of age.
John has been married to Pat for 45 years this year (2019) and they have four children and six grandchildren.
He became a Councillor in 1999 for Leigh Ward, and when the towns ward boundaries altered he re-stood and was elected to West Leigh Ward; which he has represented ever since. John has served in Cabinet since 2004 in various portfolios and became Deputy Leader in 2007. He had special responsibility for regeneration, economic development and all business links. Instrumental and led in the formation of the Town Centre Partnership for the High Street, and to progress that to a Business Improvement District. He was responsible for delivery of over £25million pounds worth of various schemes of infrastructure and sea front improvements to the Pier and Foreshore, enhancing the Tourist Attraction and supporting the economy of the Town. John is now Leader of the Conservative Group on the Council.
John also deals with all Maritime issues and has represented Southend on the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (Anglian Eastern and Thames Estuary Committees). He also represents the Borough on the Kent and Essex Inshore Fishery Conservation Authority (IFCA) for which he is elected Chairman, and has been for some 10 years. He is also the Chairman of the Association of IFCA’s which represent the whole of England for which he has chaired for some 6 years. John is the representative for Southend and the East of England Local Government Association on the North Sea Commission (NSC) and was elected Vice President eight years ago. In December 2013, he took over as President NSC when the Danish Member was not re-elected.
John has always had a love of the sea and the Royal Navy. He joined the Sea Cadet Corps at 11 and 9 months and qualified as a Cadet Petty Officer at 16 years of age, was appointed a Sub Lieutenant with the Royal Naval Reserve at 21; working with and training cadets for some 20years. Awarded the Cadet Forces Medal for meritorious service, attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander and later retired. John still carries out duties as the Parade Commander for various Veterans organizations and Remembrance Day Parades within the Southend and Leigh areas, and was awarded a meritorious certificate by the Leigh on Sea British Legion for all his work as their Parade Commander in 2015. John also carried out those duties for over 15 years for the Branch of the Edmonton British Legion in London.
Through his love of the sea he started boating and sailing as a young cadet, and that love still continues today, owning his own 11.5mtr sailing yacht; he is qualified as a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Yacht Master. John has many other interests including: shooting (Qualified Full and Small Bore Range Conductor), Mountain/Hill Walking (Qualified Wild Country Leader), Cycling, Fishing, Camping, Reading (especially History), Chess and many others.
John was Commodore and Vice Commodore of the Leigh on Sea Sailing Club for 5 years and was helping teach young and old how to sail. He is still a member of the Leigh-on-Sea Sailing Club.
He is a member of the Naval and Military Club in Southend and has been Co-Opted to their Committee.
John also works with the voluntary sector and is a Trustee on Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) since 2015. He is also a Governor on the Southend Hospital Trust Board, where he represents SAVS.
John is also a school Governor at West Leigh Junior School, where he has been for many years, and a Governor at the Southend Adult Community College.
John & Pat are both looking forward to representing the Borough of Southend-on-Sea as Mayor & Mayoress and will ensure they uphold the fine traditions of the Mayoralty.