The Mayor of Bournemouth

The Mayor of Bournemouth 2017-18 is Councillor Lawrence Williams 

Mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor Lawrence Williams

Councillor Williams Mayor of Bournemouth 2017 to 2018

Councillor Williams finished his formal education aged 15½, and started work the following week. At the age of 18 years, he commenced Night school studying A-Level British Constitution and English Literature. He also studied years 1 and 2 of the Institute of Marketing but never completed the course.

In 1966, Lawrence began work with Granada Television as a post boy at the age of 15. He progressed through a number of positions at a variety of TV Stations. These included a Research Assistant, a Traffic (scheduler) Assistant and an Assistant Manager in the traffic Department. He was also a Clapper Boy on a couple of film productions in the 1960s.

In 1976, Lawrence joined Thames Valley Broadcasting (later to become 210 in Reading). Initially as The Traffic Manager, but after a few months he was given the job of Commercial Production Manager where he wrote and produced all the local commercials. He also began voicing commercials which then led to a 2-year Broadcasting Career.

In 1986, Lawrence joined Roland Long Advertising where he developed their Broadcast business to a size where they were big players in a small regional market. Later they moved to national TV and radio work. Lawrence became known as the “master of the small budget production”. When TVS lost its licence to Broadcast, in their final weeks they were offering huge regional discounts so Lawrence booked 21 campaigns all needing commercials which he wrote, produced and directed in a 3-day period.

Lawrence set up The Consultancy (Southern) Limited with his wife in 2000 but remained loyal to broadcast media. Since his Election onto Bournemouth Council in 2011, Lawrence reduced his client base to 2 local clients and 2 national ones, the largest being “The Mousetrap” - the world’s longest running stage show in London’s West End. Lawrence and Elaine have now retired from the business to concentrate on the Mayoralty.

Lawrence was a Cabinet Member for 5 years. Firstly in a Corporate position seeing the safe return of Public Health to the Council and dealing with localism. As part of that Portfolio, Lawrence looked after Libraries and The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum plus Equality & Diversity. He was also the Council’s representative on the board of BH Live. His second Portfolio, which he held for 4 years, was for Tourism, Leisure and the Arts.

Aside from politics, Lawrence has also been the Lay Leader of the Jewish community in Bournemouth, and is a past President of the Bournemouth Jewish Representative Council and a past Chairman and President of the Publicity Club of Bournemouth.

Mayoress, Mrs Elaine J Williams 

Elaine was born in Dublin and has one brother, David, who still lives in Ireland. She was educated in Dublin to secondary school level. She then attended Secretarial College before working briefly in the family’s Antique business. She moved to London at the age of 19 where she had a long contract with the BBC. She then moved on to work at the Electricity Council.

Elaine and Lawrence married in 1975 then moved to Reading where they started a family and adopted a puppy. After Rachel was born the family moved to Bournemouth and second daughter Simone was later born in Boscombe hospital. 

The Mayoress undertook voluntary work at the King’s Park and Avonbourne schools where both daughters were educated. She also undertook voluntary welfare work for the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation, and was a member of the security team. For the past 17 years, she was a Director of the family’s local Advertising agency before retiring in March 2017. Elaine’s hobbies are gardening, cooking and baking.

Mayor's Charity Appeal Fund - Registered Charity 1170029

During his Mayoral Year, the Mayor will be supporting the following local Charities:

  • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • The Hannah Levy House Trust
  • Pavilion Dance South-West
  • The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum