Councillor John Blundell will be sworn in as Coventry’s next Lord Mayor at a ceremony in the Cathedral next Thursday (17 May).
John, who went to Briton Road school (now Stoke Primary) and King Henry VIII School, was first elected as a Councillor in 2002 and became Cabinet Member for Children and Education in 2004 after serving on various committees, and stayed in the role until 2010. In 2014 he became the Leader of Coventry’s Conservative group and stepped down in 2017 when he took on the role of Deputy Lord Mayor. He has served as a director of the Belgrade Theatre and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and is currently a director of Finham Park multi academy trust and a school governor of Grange Farm Primary School.
Councillor John Blundell, Lord Mayor (Elect) said: “I am really looking forward to serving Coventry in a greater capacity as Lord Mayor at such an exciting time in the run up to City of Culture. Coventry has been hiding its light under a bushel for far too long and I’m pleased that we are starting to get the recognition we deserve.
I have chosen to support two smaller local charities, one of them being a cause I relate to. The Haemochromatosis Society which helps people cope with blood disorders, something I suffer from and The Enterprise Club - a local charity that provides recreation and fellowship for all Coventry people with a disability.”
John has been married to Lindsey for over 40 years and they have 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. After training as an Accountant with Thornton Baker and Company (now Grant Thornton) he worked as a financial accountant with Matrix Machine Tools and then the family engineering business in Torrington Avenue. John then set up his own Employment and Training Agency in Hales Street, and for the last 20 years he has been involved with providing accommodation to Coventry students.
To relax, John plays Bridge and the very occasional game of golf. He has been a founder patron of Coventry Rugby Club for a number of years and was delighted when they recently gained promotion to the Championship.