The Mayor and Deputy Mayor

Scarborough Borough Council appoints a Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough each year. The current Mayor is Councillor Joe Plant. The current Deputy Mayor is Councillor Dilys Cluer.  You can follow the Mayor on Twitter and Facebook.

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Councillor Joe Plant

Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, 2018/2019

The Mayor was born in Whitby and lives in the town with his wife Margaret, who will be his Mayoress for the year. They have a son and daughter and two grandchildren.

Cllr Joe Plant and Mrs Margaret PLant

The Mayor’s first job was an apprentice chef at a Whitby hotel and he attended catering college at Scarborough Technical College. He then worked for various local companies in Whitby and also served in the Territorial Army.

The Mayor was first elected to Scarborough Borough Council as a Conservative member for Whitby West Cliff Ward in 2003. He was Deputy Mayor in 2014/15. He has served as Chair of Resources Overview & Scrutiny Committee and Cabinet Member for Transformation. He was elected to North Yorkshire County Council representing Whitby Streonshalh Division in 2009, 2013 and 2017. 

The Mayor has served as a governor of Airy Hill Community Primary School, which was also the first school he attended. He was one of the founder members of Friends of Pannett Park and still sits on the management committee. He also championed the Whitby Skatepark project, which opened in 2008. In his spare time he enjoys walking, photography, gardening and computing.

The Mayoress works for Caedmon College in Whitby. She has been a governor at West Cliff Primary School in Whitby, the school she attended as an infant. In her spare time Margaret enjoys baking and is interested in genealogy, needlework, reading and music. Recently, through researching family history, it was discovered that Margaret’s family has a connection with a former Mayor of Scarborough, George Lord Beeforth (1893-1894).

17-year-old North Yorkshire Police Cadet, Mally Leybourn, of Scarborough has been appointed as the Mayor’s cadet for the year and will accompany the Mayor and Mayoress at events and functions throughout the mayoral year.

Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr Joe Plant said:

“I am incredibly honoured to become the Borough Mayor. Together, Margaret and I will uphold the value and traditions of the prestigious role and promote the borough in every way that we can. We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead and the opportunity to meet the many unsung heroes that do so much for our communities. We have chosen ‘Healthy Heart’ as our theme for the year and will be supporting and raising awareness of local heart nurses delivering patient care and support and associated charities.”

Councillor Dilys Cluer

Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, 2018/2019

The Deputy Mayor grew up in London and lived in Brighton and Chesterfield before settling in Scarborough in 1986. She gained a 2:1 degree in Classics from Cambridge and a PGCE which led to a career in teaching, including six years at Scarborough Sixth Form College. She still teaches Latin online.

As a passionate vegan, the Deputy Mayor maintains her family's values of integrity, diligence, peace and love of nature. She joined the Green Party in 1979. In 1989 she became a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and she is currently both Clerk and an Elder of Scarborough Quaker Meeting.

The Deputy Mayor has served on Scarborough Borough Council for the Stepney Ward since 2007. In her spare time she sings with Scarborough Choral Society and enjoys reading, gardening and learning languages.

Cllr Cluer's husband, Chris Phillips, who will be her Consort for the year, has lived in Scarborough since 1990. A philatelist since childhood, he is a key member of the philatelic societies in both Scarborough and Bridlington. A retired maths teacher and educational book salesman, Chris has also acted with Phoenix Drama. He enjoys photography and networking online with others around the world that share his values and interests.

Cllr Dilys Cluer, Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough said:

“We are honoured to serve as Deputy Mayor and Consort for the next 12 months and to support the Mayor and Mayoress with their busy schedule and mayoral theme. Through our duties we shall be glad to meet some of the many people who make our borough a happier, healthier place.”

You can also view past Mayors.