Angela was born in the industrial heartland of “darkest Lanarkshire” and was educated at St Patrick’s High School, Coatbridge, where she met her husband, John. From her early days Angela was a keen swimmer and soon gained national recognition, representing Scotland at international level and becoming Scottish Senior Butterfly Champion while still at school. Angela’s further education was at Central College of Commerce, Glasgow, following which she was employed initially as a secretary and latterly as a teacher of shorthand and typing. She married John in 1966 and they set up home in Glasgow, where their children John, Michael, and Angela were born. In 1969 the family moved to Stafford on account of John’s employment. After the move to Stafford, two further children were born - Liam and Kevin.
In 1974 Angela decided to fulfil a long held desire to pursue a career in mainstream teaching and enrolled at Madeley College of Keele University, qualifying in 1977. She thereupon joined the staff at Rising Brook High School where she spent her whole teaching career, for many years with pastoral responsibilities as Head of Year. As a proud Scot, Angela has been known to remark that she was a “teacher of English”, not an English teacher! Angela joined the National Union of Teachers, of which she has been granted Honorary Life Membership on account of her long and active committee service, serving as President of the Stafford Branch and twice as President for Staffordshire. In 1997 she took early retirement from teaching and won a by-election to the Borough Council in Manor Ward, which she represents to this date.
A long time member of the Co-operative movement, Angela has served for many years on the Western Regional Committee of Midlands Co-operative Society. She represents Stafford Borough on the Board of Stafford and Rural Homes. She also serves as Chair of Stafford and District Bereavement and Loss Support Service, is a Trustee of Stafford United Charities, a Governor of St Austin’s Primary School and a Vice President of Stafford and District Choral Society.
This year the Mayor's Charity Appeal will be in support of Stafford and District Bereavement and Loss Support Service, Homestart Stafford and Staffordshire Women's Aid.
John was born in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, and was educated at St Patrick’s High School (where he met Angela) and Glasgow University, where he studied Electrical Engineering. On graduating in 1965, he joined English Electric in Stafford, where he worked for several months before being seconded back to Glasgow University to undertake a research project. John and Angela married in 1966 and set up home in Glasgow close to the University. Upon completion of the project John rejoined English Electric in Stafford and the family settled in Rising Brook. For the remainder of his career John continued to work for the same employer, through numerous name changes: first to GEC, then GEC Alsthom, and finally ALSTOM. John’s employment took him frequently to many parts of the world, often for lengthy periods, and Angela combined the sterling tasks of Mum, home manager and teacher with great patience, dedication and skill. There was some recompense, particularly after Angela’s retirement, when she was able to accompany him on many of these visits: to Australia, Canada, Brazil, France, Japan and South Africa.
Following retirement in 2003, John was able to undertake some aspects of public service which had interested him for a number of years but which had been precluded by his employment commitments. He joined the Independent Monitoring Board at Stafford Prison and became a Justice of the Peace, serving at Stafford and Cannock Magistrates’ Courts. Prior to retirement, he had served for sixteen years as a Governor of Blessed William Howard High School
John has always been keen on outdoor activities. When the family were young he served as a coach and committee member of the Junior Section of Stafford Rugby Club, where all four sons played, also acting as chauffeur to his sons’ and daughter’s various sports and athletic teams. Since retiring, he is now able to renew his interests in cycling and walking, through membership of Stafford Road Club, U3A, Phoenix and the National Trust.