The Mayor of Bournemouth

The Mayor of Bournemouth 2018-19 is Councillor Derek Borthwick

Mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor Derek Borthwick


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Councillor Derek Borthwick was born in Chiswick, London. One of three boys, his twin and their older brother have both since passed away.

Derek first visited his grandmother’s home in Bournemouth in Easter 1936. During the War he and his brothers were evacuated there whilst their father served in the Royal Air Force. Their mother protected the family home in London.  

Councillor Borthwick was educated at Bournemouth’s Hill View and Moordown St John’s Schools in the 1940s. He returned to Chiswick near the end of the War to continue his education at Chiswick Grammar School. He witnessed Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s visit after the War ended. Derek followed his father into the Royal Air Force, serving from 1954 to 1957, and married Dorothy in September 1960.

With Dorothy’s help, Derek opened his own printing company, then became a Sub-Postmaster with a Post Office and small grocers shop. He then opened a Print Finishing Company in Camberley which employed 18 staff. When he sold the business in 1999, he retired to Bournemouth.

Derek has been a Councillor since 2007 serving the residents of the Throop and Muscliff Ward. He has held the position of Vice-Chair of the Panel for over 6 years. He also served on the Audit Committee’s Local Engagement Panel for 4 years.

Soon after his retirement, Derek joined the Richmond Park Bowls Club.

He has also been President of the Bournemouth and District Londoner’s Society, the Bournemouth Central Probus Club and the Bournemouth Fellowship of Clubs. Derek is a Member of the Royal British Legion and is a volunteer Poppy Seller.

He has also supported AFC Bournemouth since Christmas 1946 when they were known as the Boscombe & Bournemouth Athletic Club. He became a Director at the Club and started their IN 2 WIN Lottery.

Derek is a keen golfer and has been the Seniors Captain for four of the last six years at the Queen’s Park Golf Club.

Mrs Dorothy Borthwick - Mayoress 2018-2019

Dorothy was born in Bedfont, Middlesex and has three sisters and a brother. She was educated at a local Girls’ School before undertaking Private Secretarial tuition. She then worked at Charles Farris Chandlers, makers of Specialist Church Candles.

After their marriage in 1960, Dorothy and Derek lived at Kew Gardens. She gave up work when their sons Andrew, Daryl and Stephen, were born in 1964, 1967 and 1970 respectively. Once Stephen started Preparatory School, Dorothy returned to work at the Nat West Bank attaining the position of Clients Accounting Supervisor.

When Dorothy retired in 1990, she managed the accounts and payroll of Derek’s Print Finishing Company and looked after the grandchildren.

Dorothy acts as Secretary for the Richmond Park Bowls Club. She has been a President of the Probus Ladies Club and an ardent committee member for a number of years. She is also a Member of the Dorset Ladies Luncheon Club. Her hobbies include needlework, gardening and reading.

Mayor's Charity Appeal Fund

Registered Charity 1170029

During his Mayoral Year, the Mayor will be supporting the Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund.