Lord Mayor of Birmingham - Councillor Mike Leddy
Councillor Mike Leddy was born in Handsworth and brought up in a back to back house, Lozells, until he was eighteen years old.
Educated at Harry Lucas School, Hockley he left aged 16 and began work at a manufacturing jewellery company learning the trade of a jeweller, starting off with setting, mounting, diamond milling and polishing. With too much short time working, he lost his job at twenty two and then began a career at Joseph Lucas Ltd, Great King Street, working in electronics. After two years employment as a Patrol Inspector Mike was promoted to Assistant Foreman and a further four years later promoted to become a General Foreman, managing a department of over two hundred and sixty operators, technicians and supervisors of varying levels. Being a multi-national company, he undertook numerous training courses at the primary training centre in Moseley, including Training for Management Responsibility in which he graduated, along with external College courses throughout Birmingham.
The Lord Mayor remained working for Lucas’s which later became TRW (after being taken over by the US Company), retiring after thirty eight years, in Factory Supervision, which included working and opening several sites for the company in South Wales and in the West Midlands.
He has been married to Pauline for over forty years and has four children, Suzanne, Teresa, John and Paul. They have four grandchildren three grandsons, Dylan, Cameron and Wilson with one granddaughter Annabelle.
The Lord Mayor considers to have had a very fortunate life, having had Polio when he was five, which really didn’t leave him with any problems to speak of. He was also grateful of being given a really good education. In 1966 Mike became a “World Cup Official” through his involvement with the Scout movement and became a press photographer’s runner at Villa Park, meeting the Spanish, Argentine, German football squads and Sir Stanley Rouse (President of FIFA at that time). In 1998 he was amongst a small number of councillors to be invited to a function with all of the world leaders at G8. Mike always seemed to be in the right place at the right time, for whatever reason.
The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress both like travel and have enjoyed meeting people from other cultures. Last summer for their Ruby Wedding Anniversary Mike took Pauline on a long road trip, driving three hundred miles up beyond the Canadian Arctic Circle and along one of the highest mountain roads, “Top of the World Highway”, in Yukon and Alaska. The excuse for such a trip was that the Lord Mayor wanted to find a goldmine, but had to return, like so many others penniless and out of luck. This year they have toured New Zealand and Australia.
Apart from the family, the Lord Mayor’s interests are politics, Aston Villa FC, Birmingham history and making a contribution to the community, whether cleaning up a brook or helping someone in need.
During their year both the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress are really looking forward to particularly engaging with Voluntary organisations of all descriptions. They also want to visit Businesses and support job creation especially those for young people.
Pauline Leddy, Lady Mayoress
Born in Handsworth and brought up in Perry Barr, (never ask a lady when she was born), she has a twin sister and an older brother
Pauline passed her 11+ and went to Great Barr Comprehensive, leaving in the sixth form to join Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing at the age of eighteen as a student nurse in 1968. The Lady Mayoress worked at a number of hospitals in the UBH Group, including The Children’s, The General, The Women’s, Midland Nerve and of course the QE hospitals, during her training. After passing exams, she became a “State Registered Nurse” and staff nurse at The General Hospital on a women’s medical ward.
Pauline then spent some fourteen years bringing up the family and returned to work as a lunchtime supervisor at the local primary school, retiring quite recently from the job after twenty two years.
Interests for the Lady Mayoress are varied, from Girl guiding her own group and one at The Childrens’ Hospital to being the Squire to Glorishears of Brummagem, Birmingham’s only female Morris Side. Clog dancing is another of her interests although purely recreational. Pauline is also an avid theatre and cinema goer and rarely does a month go by where she doesn’t attend one event or another. She has been a regular in her Church Choir for many years and recently joined another choir (following her retirement) with staff and volunteers at The Childrens Hospital.
During the winter months Pauline will be with a host of other volunteers making and altering costumes for the participants of the Scouts & Guides Handsworth Gang Show, as they begin rehearsals for their next show. During the show week the Lady Mayoress is normally found in charge of the Girl Guides dressing room.
When the Lord Mayor was re-elected to Council in 2007, Pauline decided to take on the ownership of a dog after more than twenty five years without one, so the house now has a “Special” Springer Spaniel, who takes up quite a lot of time and keeps her very fit.
Term of Office
Each Lord Mayor completes a one year term of office and then another year as Deputy Lord Mayor of Birmingham. The new Lord Mayor is installed at the Annual General Meeting of the Council (also known as Mayormaking).
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