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The Mayor of Worthing

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The Mayor of the Borough of Worthing

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2019-20 Mayor of Worthing Borough Council Cllr Hazel Thorpe

Councillor Hazel Thorpe MA(ed)

Hazel spent her early years in Ilford, Essex and worked as a draughtswoman at London Transport. She was one of the first women on the track at the age of 18. She then joined the cartography section and drew the “You are Here” maps.

She married Peter Thorpe, moved to Writtle and had two daughters Angela and Juliet.

The family moved to Shoreham in 1973 where Hazel gained her BA Open University degree.

She taught at King's Manor, now Shoreham Academy for several years as a Head of the SEN Department, and whilst teaching mathematics and art she continued studying for her Master's degree in Education Management covering SEN - which she obtained from Chichester Institute for Higher Education in 1995.

Hazel moved to Worthing in the early 80s, brought up her family and became a Councillor for Tarring ward in 2000. She has been a Parliamentary candidate for her Party and a Past President for Worthing LIONS and a former Worthing College Governor. She enjoys setting up action groups and supporting young people. She was a member of the Worthing Arts Society and will continue to support music and the arts during her mayoral year.

Hazel has been directly involved in various charities as a Trustee, for example Homestart, Enable Me and currently the Maybridge Keystone Youth Club. She is also a founder member of the Tarring Flood Action group, which covers the unique “Adopt a Drain” initiative to support our environment.

Hazel is now married to Robin Rogers. Robin has two sons (Simon and Lee) and Hazel has two daughters (Angela and Juliet). Hazel and Robin now have between them seven grandchildren aged between 20yrs and 3yrs who keep them busy and young at heart. In 2018 Hazel and Robin celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.

Hazel's interests include gardening, going to the theatre, arts and crafts and supporting the environment and her family.

Hazel was re-elected as a councillor to Tarring ward in 2016 and enjoyed the opportunity as Deputy Mayor to serve and promote the great people and communities of Worthing.

Hazel said:

“I am extremely honoured and delighted this year as the Mayor to serve the people of our lovely Town of Worthing. I am looking forward to working with and supporting the 15th Youth Mayor Jimi Taylor in his mayoral year. I am also pleased to be working together with the Deputy Mayor Cllr. Lionel Harman - to promote our talented, caring people, our economy and our great Town by the sea.”

Hazel has chosen the following charities to support during her mayoral year: Care for Veterans, NSPCC Worthing & Goring & Lancing District and Coastal West Sussex MIND - see the Mayor's Charities webpage.

See also: Cllr Hazel Thorpe's webpage

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The Mayor's Consort of the Borough of Worthing

2019-20 Mayor of Worthing Borough Council Cllr Hazel Thorpe with Mayors Consort Robin Rogers

Mr Robin Rogers

Robin was born in North West London and, at age of 8yrs, moved with his parents to Worthing where he has lived for most of his life. The then family doctor encouraged his parents to move to the South Coast for a healthier environment.

After leaving College, he has been an insurance Underwriter, an insurance Life Inspector, a Building Society Manager, an HR specialist and finally an Office Manager.

Robin was elected as a County Councillor to the then Maybridge Division of West Sussex County Council in 2001, later to the Northbrook Division, standing down in 2017. He also served as a councillor on Worthing Borough Council from 2004 to 2011. He is also a Trustee of the Maybridge Keystone Youth Club and also a Trustee For Humprey's Almshouses, Christchurch.

Robin's interests include working in a local charity shop, being a Governor at Durrington High School and going to the gym. He also enjoys buying and selling model railway items, socialising with friends and going with Hazel to the National Trust venues.

Robin said:

“It has been an honour to support Hazel over the last year as Mayor's Consort and I am looking forward to continuing this support during her mayoral year".

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