The Worshipful the Mayor of Stafford Borough
Councillor Gareth Jones 2020 - 2021
Gareth has lived in Barlaston since 1974. He is a widower, his wife, Jenny, having died in 2013. He has three children, Jonathan, Richard and Kathy and nine grandchildren.
Gareth was brought up in New Malden, Surrey, went to school in Merton Park and studied Economics and History at the University College of Swansea. After graduating he joined the Finance Department of the Metal Stamping and Body Division of the Ford Motor Company in Dagenham, Essex working in the Cost Accounting Department. He subsequently moved to Birmingham to work for the Motorcycle Division of BSA.
He moved to the Stafford area when he was appointed the Finance Director of Universal Grinding Wheel Company based at Doxey, he later became General Manager before moving to senior positions in the NHS in North Tyneside and Liverpool. He retired in 2008.
His first entry into local politics was as Parish Councillor in Barlaston and he was appointed Borough Councillor for Barlaston and Oulton in 2011. He is currently Chairman of the Parish Council. Whilst serving on the Borough Council Gareth has been Chairman of the Resources and Corporate Services Committee and has been a member of the Borough Council Planning Committee and the Public Appeals Committee. He is non-executive Director of Stafford and Rural Homes.
In 1992 Gareth became Governor of Newcastle under Lyme FE College and since 2017 he has become Deputy Chairman of the Governors of the Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group.
Gareth is very active in his local community. He is currently Chairman of Stone and District U3A, Vice President of the Longton Probus Club and President of the Barlaston Bowling and Tennis Club. He worships at his local Anglican Church where he has been an assistant Church Warden in the past.
Gareth is a keen gardener and is Chairman of the Barlaston Village Show Committee.
Gareth’s roots are in Cardiganshire and North Pembrokeshire and he likes to spend any free time he has in this area.
Gareth regards being Mayor as a great honour and he looks forward with his consort, Mrs Renee Robinson, to serving the people of the entire Borough and raising funds for local charities.
Mayoress - Mrs Renee Robinson
Renee was born in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland an only child.
After schooling she joined the Michelin Tyre Manufacturing Company at the Belfast factory. It was here that she met her husband, a proud Lancastrian. They transferred to the factory in Stoke-on-Trent and both eventually retired from there.
On moving to England they settled in the village of Barlaston and very much enjoyed life there. Unfortunately her husband died suddenly in 2011 and Renee still lives in the home they shared.
Renee, although not gifted musically, did enjoy line dancing when it was in the Village Hall. Renee likes many forms of handcrafts and her home is testament to this. For some years she and a friend held regular day-classes in the village. After retiring, Renee took up bowling and was, until the end of last season, Secretary of the Barlaston Bowling and Tennis Club. It was here that she met Gareth who has asked her to be his Mayoress.
Renee is a member of U3A, loves going to different restaurants and travelling both home and abroad.
Renee is very much looking forward to meeting the people of the Borough during her year serving as Mayoress.