The Mayor of Milton Keynes

The Mayor of Milton Keynes is chosen each year at the Annual Council Meeting (usually in May).
Mayor and Mayoress 2018-19
The Mayor and Mayoress

The Mayor for 2018-19 is Councillor Martin Petchey


Martin Petchey was born and brought up in Barking, East London, and educated at local schools and then Oxford and Durham, where he studied history and archaeology.

He worked as an archaeologist in Hertfordshire and Essex, before coming to Milton Keynes in 1978 to work for the Milton Keynes Development Corporation, to record the heritage of the New City as it was being built.  When the Development Corporation was wound up, he became an archaeological consultant, advising public and private bodies on the archaeological implications of their activities, until he retired last year.

Martin first became a councillor in the mid-80’s, representing Bradwell Ward, which then extended from New Bradwell to the city centre, serving until the mid 90’s.  In that period he chaired successively the Recreation and Economic Development Committees, and was briefly Deputy Leader of the Council.  A second spell as a councillor began in 2014, this time representing Stantonbury Ward.  In this second period Martin has served on Development Control Committee, Licensing/Regulatory Committee and Executive Scrutiny Committee.  His main interests lie in the development and growth of the New City, and the promotion of its heritage.

He is also a councillor on Campbell Park Parish Council, where he was Chair for three years, and is a Trustee of the Trinity Centre, Fishermead.

Martin lives in Fishermead with his wife, Debbie, and his two grown-up sons; outside politics his main interests are bell-ringing, walking (last year he managed to walk the length of Hadrian’s Wall) and watching cricket.

The Mayor will be supported by the Mayoress, his wife Ms Debbie Thomson.

The Mayor’s Charity for 2018/19

This year, the Mayor is supporting The Bus Shelter MK, a homeless shelter on wheels aiming to reduce rough sleeping in Milton Keynes.  More information about them can be found here:  

Donations to the Mayor's Charity can be made via the following link to Virgin Money Giving: Donate

The Deputy Mayor for 2018/19 is Councillor Sam Crooks.

Last Updated: 18 April 2019