The Mayor of Milton Keynes
The Mayor for 2020-21 is Councillor Andrew Geary
Andrew Geary was born and bred in the Parish of Hanslope, a village on the North Western tip of the Borough of Milton Keynes. He is proudly one of the 8% of people who were born in Milton Keynes and still live here. Apart from three years away at college Andrew has lived within the borough of Milton Keynes all his life. He was brought up on the family farm and is now the fourth generation of his family to farm at Yew Tree Farm, Tathall End.
Andrew attended Agricultural College at Shuttleworth in Bedfordshire, then part of the Cranfield Institute of Technology. He attained a distinction at Higher Diploma level but turned down the opportunity to progress to degree level in order to take the tenancy of a Council Farm in Calverton where he and his wife Lisa farmed until 2002 when they returned home to the family farm. The family farm now consists of a small suckler cow herd breeding Pedigree British Blue Cattle as well as 700 breeding sheep which lamb in March and April. 120 acres of arable crops are also shared farmed with a local farm contractor. Andrew is assisted on the farm by his 77 year old father who remains incredibly active and his son Josh who has just left school and is undertaking an apprenticeship in livestock management and handling.
Andrew was first elected to Milton Keynes Council in 2002 for the Hanslope Park Ward for which he served as ward Cllr until the all out elections in 2014 following a boundary review which saw the ward abolished. In 2014 Andrew was elected as one of three Ward Cllr’s for the new ward of Newport Pagnell North and Hanslope. During his time on the Council he has chaired the Development Control Committee for a total of 6 years and was Conservative Group Leader from 2006 until 2014 and again from 2017 until 2018. Andrew also served as Leader of the Council from 2011 until 2014 during which time he played an active lead in the MK bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2015.
Aside from farming and Council activities Andrew’s primary focus is spending time with his family. He has been married to Lisa, a trained accountant, for 24 years and they have two children, Josh aged 16 and Rebekah aged 14. Both Andrew and Josh are season ticket holders at MK Dons and Northampton Saints and Andrew describes himself as a passionate sporting fan, who enjoys almost any sport that is played with a ball regardless of size or shape. His love of cricket led him in his early years to pursue, ultimately unsuccessfully, a career in County Cricket. He now describes himself as an avid watcher of sport but having completed the Great North Run on three occasions he plans to train for and run in the Milton Keynes Marathon during his Mayoral Year.
Andrew is also a Licensed Lay Minister in the Anglican Church and currently serves and worships at St. Peter and St. Paul’s church in Olney where he is also a member of the choir along with Rebekah. He is also a keen church organist but freely admits that his enthusiasm far outweighs his ability.
Andrew is delighted to be supported in his Mayoral Year by his wife Lisa as Mayoress and by the Revd. Andrew Prichard-Keens (Rector of St. Peter and St Paul’s church, Olney) as Mayors Chaplain.
The Mayor’s Charity for 2020/21
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Last Updated: 3 July 2020