The Mayor of Worthing
Councillor Lionel Harman
Mayor of the Borough of Worthing
Lionel is originally from Brighton and he moved to Bognor Regis in 1992 for work.
He met Karen in 2003 and they married in 2005 and during that time they moved to Worthing. Between them they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Lionel worked for over 35 years as a Retail Manager, running a variety of shops of different sizes and types.
During the1980s he spent four years in the Royal Naval Reserve.
Most of Lionel's time these days is focused on Ward work; as well as working alongside Worthing Veterans and other military organisations in the Town as the Worthing Borough Council's Armed Forces Champion; or working as a wellness consultant for Happy Hot Tubs based in a Local Garden Centre.
He is also a Trustee for TS Vanguard the Worthing branch of the Sea Cadets.
Lionel was first elected as a councillor in Castle Ward in May 2015 and was then re-elected in 2019.
Lionel has chosen the following charities to support during his mayoral year: Worthing Mencap (Buddy's), Worthing Sea Cadets and The Worthing Society, see the Mayor's Charities webpage.
“Although these are unusual times I am looking forward to working with all companies, groups and individuals from our great Town to help return us to some form of 'normal'. With all the good will and selfless acts of kindness displayed over the past few months, I wish to encourage all of us to continue to show this respect for others to build a better society for everyone now and in the future. I intend to use my mayoral term doing everything I can to make this happen.”
See also: Councillor Lionel Harman's webpage
Councillor Karen Harman
Mayoress of the Borough of Worthing
Karen was born in Kent and went to school in Dartford.
Her family moved to Ferring in 1977 and she attended Worthing 6th Form College to obtain the O-Levels needed to enter the School of Nursing in Shoreham and trained as a Nurse between Worthing and Southlands Hospitals.
Karen also worked for a while at Harefield Hospital gaining experience during the pioneering years of heart transplant surgery.
After the birth of her children she started working in a nursing home as a Nursing Home Manager. Karen now works for a local company promoting Independent Living for people with special needs helping them to live full and productive lives in their own homes.
In 2003 Karen met Lionel and they were married in 2005. She says they are fortunate that all their children all got on well together from the start and they now have a great family including 6 grandchildren. Everything they do is about family life and through her politics Karen's aim is to improve this for all residents and to make Worthing a better place for all future generations.
In 2018 Karen was also elected as a councillor for the Castle Ward in Worthing.
“It has been an honour to support Lionel over the last year as Deputy Mayoress and I am looking forward to continuing this support during his mayoral year".
See also: Councillor Karen Harman's webpage
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Page last updated: 17 March 2021