Earlestown Councillor David Banks is the new Mayor of St Helens for 2016-17.
Born and bred in Haydock, Councillor Banks moved to Newton-le-Willows in 1973. He attended Blackbrook Primary School and then moved on to St Anselm’s School (now St Augustine’s of Canterbury). He married Jeanette in 1973 and has two children, Catherine and Michael.
He later went on to study engineering at St Helens College, serving a five year apprenticeship with CSI on the Parr industrial estate before qualifying as an engineer.
Councillor Banks then worked briefly for Simon Vicars in Earlestown before joining Locker Air Maze in Warrington – where he eventually became Works Engineering Manager.
For the last 12 years of his career he worked as Estates Manager and Health and Safety Officer at Wargrave House School – a residential school for autistic students from the ages of six to 25. He retired from the school last year.
David has held various positions in engineering unions, including union representative for the AEU, health and safety representative with the MFS Union and Secretary of the Merseyside Occupational Health and Safety Group.
He is also a full member of the Chartered Management Institute. He became a Councillor in 2004, while Jeanette, who will be his Mayoress, was also elected to the council 2011.
Looking forward to his year in office, Councillor Banks (64) said: “It’s a tremendous honour to represent the people of this borough. Jeanette and I know it will be a busy year, but the events, meetings and presentations that we will be attending will all be valuable opportunities to highlight the tremendous efforts that so many people make on behalf of so many others. We’re really looking forward to the next 12 months.”
For his Mayoral Charity in the year ahead Councillor Banks has chosen Jenson’s Twinkle Stars – a St Helens based charity that provides bereavement services to children and families throughout the North West.
The charity was set up in memory of stillborn baby Jenson Rigby who passed away in 2011. Jenson’s older brother, Jayden, struggled to understand where his baby brother had gone – and why his family was so sad.
Jenson’s Twinkle Stars aims to make a difference to families suffering with similar bereavements – and help them rebuild their lives while remembering their loved one.
This year’s Mayor Making ceremony also saw Billinge Ward Councillor Joe Pearson named as Deputy Mayor for 2016-17.