The Mayor of Ribble Valley for 2019/20 is Stella Brunskill, one of Ribble Valley Borough Council's councillors.
Stella Brunskill was born in County Sligo in the west of Ireland to an Irish father and Lancashire mother, who moved to Ireland in the 1940s to open a shoe factory for Rossendale firm Lambert Haworth.
The family returned to Rossendale in the mid-1950s and Stella embraced Lancashire life, becoming a county swimming champion.
After living in locations across the world, the family settled in Ribble Valley, where Stella became a magistrate and borough councillor.
Councillor Brunskill has served as a magistrate for 20 years and is a chairman of the bench in juvenile, as well as adult courts.
She has been a borough councillors for 12 years, serving on personnel, licensing, community, health and housing committees, and is the authority’s children’s champion.
Her consort is son Michael and her chosen charity is VIC: Veterans in Communities, which supports East Lancashire armed forces personnel returning to civilian life. She will also be raising money for local projects and organisations that promote community wellbeing.
The Mayor's Duties
One of the mayor's main duties is to chair the meetings of the full council. The mayor also attends lots of functions in the borough and across Lancashire, including church services, annual dinners, official openings of offices or new buildings, theatre productions, carol concerts, school prize-giving ceremonies, coffee mornings, garden parties, 100th birthday visits, band concerts and photocalls.
The Deputy Mayor of Ribble Valley is Councillor Jim Rogerson.