The Worshipful the Mayor of Stafford Borough
Councillor Aidan Thomas Arthur Godfrey 2017 - 2018
Aidan and his younger sister Erica, were born in Failsworth, Manchester. His father was an engine driver for the Midland Railway, LMS and British Rail. His mother worked for the Cooperative Press as a print finisher.
He was educated at Failsworth Secondary Modern, Fielder Park Print College Didsbury and Manchester Polytechnic Printing School.
He enjoyed athletics as a young man, representing Greater Manchester at 400 meters, also appearing at the All England Schools in 1979. He ran for his club Stretford AC for many years.
Aidan has worked in the print industry since leaving school, starting as an apprentice and working his way through many different roles.
Wendy and Aidan moved to Stafford in 1987, marrying in 1989 at Castlechurch. They bought their first home on Western Downs.
Their children, Leah and Billy, were born at Stafford hospital and educated at Castlechurch Primary School and King Edward VI High School Highfields, before attending the universities of Sheffield and Manchester respectively.
Aidan is proud to have been a Stafford Borough Councillor for 22 years, being first elected in 1995 to represent the old Castle Ward, then the Highfields/Western Downs Ward, and in recent years the Common Ward.
He also served as a Councillor on the old Castlechurch Parish Council. Along with his Council work he was for many years a governor and chair of governors at Castlechurch Primary School.
Aidan has held many positions on Stafford Borough Council. He has been chairman of three committees, Personnel, Partnership Scrutiny and the Resources and Corporate Services Scrutiny. He is the Labour Groups spokesman on finance. He also had the privilege of being Deputy Mayor of Stafford Borough in the year 2003-2004.
He has been active in the Labour Party since the late 1970s. Also, at the time, he was the youngest Father of the Chapel (printing shop steward) in Manchester, representing the interests of SOGAT members.
Away from his public life Aidan enjoys walking his dog Luna, reading, going on holiday in his caravan, socialising with friends and family and watching Manchester City. He also really enjoys his work in print sales.
He said “Wendy and I are looking forward to a happy and rewarding year of service to the people of this Borough. It is a great honour for me to become the first citizen of my adopted home. During our year of office I hope we can meet as many people and organisations as possible, and help recognise their achievements. Stafford Borough is a wonderful place, we will try our very best to represent it as you would wish”.
Aidan will be raising funds during his Mayoral Year in aid of Staffordshire Women’s Aid and Community Link Stafford and District.
Wendy was born in Lincoln and raised in Staines and Exeter. The second daughter
of Vi and Bert. Her mother was a secretary, who served during the war with the RAF. Her father worked around the country as a prison officer after serving in Burma in WWll.
Wendy met Aidan while an office administrator for the printing company they both worked for. They decided to live together in Stafford after agreeing it was a lovely town, but also very convenient for Aidan's work.
After a short period of temporary work at SBC, Wendy was employed by the Staffordshire Community Council, helping to run the Best Kept Village competition.
After the birth of their first child, she decided to dedicate herself to the early years of their children.
After returning to work part time Wendy worked for three local schools supporting children with special educational needs. For the past seven years she has worked as a medical receptionist.
Family life is the most important thing to Wendy, and she spends as much time as possible with their two children.
When not working Wendy enjoys walking, a good read, holidays watching Aidan struggle with their caravan and movies.