The Mayor of Today

The Right Worshipful 640th Mayor of Hereford for the Year 2022 – 2023

Cllr Mark Dykes

Born in Hereford, I grew up in the Whitecross area of the City with my parents Ray and Sylvia and my two brothers Ashley and Jeremy. I attended Lord Scudamore Primary School, Lord Scudamore Junior School and finally, secondary education at Whitecross High School. I had a passion for physical activity and represented the school at various sports, including Athletics and Swimming.

A career in the Military beckoned and after a short period working at Sun Valley, in 1987 I joined the Royal Artillery and completed my basic training in Woolwich, London. My first posting was to 56 Special Weapons Battery, 39 Heavy Regiment in Sennelager, Germany. After serving in Germany and Cyprus, I volunteered to join the Commando Forces. On completing the All Arms Commando Course in June 1991 and earning the coveted Green Beret, I was posted to 29 Commando Regiment RA in Plymouth. I served with “two nine” for the remaining 20 years of my 23 year military career.

I currently work full time as a fitness professional at Halo Leisure. I am a member of Hereford Triathlon Club and have completed numerous Middle and Ironman Distance Triathlons. I also have a passion for Skiing and reading.

In 2016 I was asked to stand in the City Council Elections and became ward member for Newton Farm, whom I still represent. I am also a Trustee and Chairman of Belmont Community Centre. I am honoured and very proud to have been elected by my fellow Councillors to become Chair of the City Council and the 640th Mayor of the City of Hereford.

My Mayoral charity is Encore Enterprises CIC. A not for profit community interest company specialising in music for Herefordshire, investing in services for children, young people and adults. Their vision is to be the best provider of high quality cultural education services in Herefordshire and beyond.

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