SOLIHULL has welcomed back Councillor Stuart Davis as the 66th Mayor of the town and takes over from Flo Nash.
Councillor Davis was first elected to Solihull Council in 1979 to represent Shirley West ward.
Following a move out of the area he returned and has represented St Alphege ward since 1999.
He previously served as the Mayor from May 2017 to May 2018.
The Mayor will be supported in the role by his daughter Sarah Walker, as Mayoress of Solihull.
Born in Croydon, Surrey, the Mayor has lived in the area for all but 15 years of his life and was educated in Knowle and Solihull.
During his career he has worked for Marley Tile Company, ICI and then Courtaulds before starting his own business as a main stockist for polythene products and items in the horticultural trade.
He moved his business and family to South Devon and then to the Canary Islands to live and work.
In his time on the council he has been chairman of the council’s planning committee, the overview scrutiny and management board and the first licensing committee.
In his spare time Councillor Davis likes to tend to his garden and go travelling.
He has also been a member of Lions Clubs International for over 30 years and is currently a member of Knowle and Dorridge Lions Club.
On his appointment Councillor Davis said: “It is a huge honour to be appointed as Mayor of Solihull.
“When I was previously the Mayor, I had the privilege of meeting some of the people who work, or volunteer, to help those who, for whatever reason, need some support in their lives.
“We are very lucky in Solihull that we have an incredibly active voluntary sector.
“Without the work of this sector many people’s quality of life would be the poorer.
“I look forward to meeting even more of these special people this year and seeing the incredible work they do.
“I am also looking forward to visiting some of our schools, colleges and academies over the next twelve months.
“We in Solihull are proud of the work our students and staff do, and in the amazing results they attain.
“If I can support business investment in our borough while in this office, I certainly will. I am really looking forward to the next 12 months.”
The Mayor has nominated Breast Cancer Haven Solihull and other Mayoral Charities for his tenure.