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Cllr Deborah Edwards

Mayor and Labour councillor for Southcote ward (Chair of The Mapledurham Playing Fields Trustees Sub-Committee, Vice-Chair of Standards Committee, member of Licensing Applications Committee)


Telephone: 07761 595 458

Address: 26 Lea Close, Southcote, Reading RG30 3NB

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Our Mayor

I have lived in Reading with my family since 1981. I have 5 children and am a grandmother of 6. 

I have been Labour Southcote Councillor since 2006 and was re-elected in May 2008. I was honoured to be the Mayor of Reading 2011/2012. 

I am on the Family and Friends Fostering Panel and the Parenting Panel. These all cover my areas of interest and expertise. 

I have worked not only in the community sector but also in the public and private sector, all of which has given me a lot of working and life experiences. Since living in Reading, I have held a number of voluntary community posts, the most recent being: 

  • School governor for Manor Primary and Southcote Primary schools. 
  • Chair and tutor for Southcote IT Experience, an award winning UK Online community project. I write courses and train local people in IT skills. 
  • Chair of the Steering Group for the Southcote Children's Centre. 
  • Governor of the Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospital NHS Trust until 2010 

I run my own book-keeping business dealing with small business accounts. I have a passionate interest in life-long learning and personal development for all. In my free time, I swim, am an avid reader of detective novels and do crosswords to relax. 

Cllr Deborah Edwards
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