The Mayor of Milton Keynes
The Mayor for 2017-18 is Councillor David Hopkins
David Hopkins was elected to Milton Keynes Borough Council in 1991 when Milton Keynes was still a second tier, District Council in Buckinghamshire. He has been a councillor ever since representing the Danesborough ward in its various guises, now being one of three members of the Danesborough & Walton ward.
Over that time he has served as Deputy Leader of the Council, a multi portfolio holder on the Council’s Cabinet committee and the chair of various committees including the councils Environment Committee and Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee. He was elected Deputy Mayor for the 2016/17 Council Year.
David Hopkins has lived in Milton Keynes for all his life, being born in Walton in 1956 and living in the village of Wavendon since he was 14 years of age. He attended Wavendon Primary School - now St Marys CoE Primary School (where he has served as a school governor since 1990). The majority of his career has been in Telecommunications working with Bletchley based Telephone Rentals and then with Mercury Communications, Cable & Wireless and Siemens Enterprise Communications both at their sites in Bletchley and then at the prestigious offices at Willen Lake. More recently, David Hopkins was, prior to his retirement in 2016, the Business Director of the Multi Academy, Milton Keynes Education Trust (MKET). David remains a School Governor at New Chapter School on Coffee Hall, the school being a member of MKET and which has recently achieved Ofsted ‘Good Status’ following a period of time as a school that ‘Required Improvement’.
David Hopkins was first elected to Wavendon Parish Council in 1979 and has served that council ever since. He has served as Chairman of the Parish Council for the past several years. In addition, he continues to serve as a Town Councillor in Woburn Sands, where he was Town Mayor for the year 2012/13. A keen cricketer, he established the Wavendon Cricket Club in the 1970’s and, in 1988, founded the Wavendon Twinning Association (Wavendon is twinned with Presles-en- Brie in France).
An avid supporter of the Bedford Blues Rugby Club, the hosting of various Rugby World Cup matches at Stadium MK in 2015 was a recent highlight. David has adapted his support to the round ball and enjoys cheering on the MK Dons as they strive for inevitable sporting greatness.
David is a Wavendon village boy who is proud to represent an area of Milton Keynes that is a blend of the old and the new and focuses on ensuring that the positive aspects of the continuing growth of Milton Keynes are achieved with tangible benefits for all residents, existing and new, old and young alike. He has two grown up children, Victoria (who is also a Milton Keynes Councillor) and Edward.
The Mayor will be supported as Mayoress this year by his wife of 34 years, Mrs Susan Hopkins.
The Mayor’s Charity for 2017/18
The Mayor encourages donations to his charity, no matter how small. This year, the Mayor is supporting Ride High as the Mayors Charity. Ride High is actively engaged in changing the lives of disadvantaged children by giving them the opportunity to ride horses, building their self-esteem and confidence and improving their future prospects. The charity works with over 80 children every week.
The Deputy Mayor for 2017/18 is Councillor Martin Petchey.