The Deputy Mayor of Solihull
Councillor Mike Robinson
Mike was born and raised in Yardley Birmingham; Educated locally until leaving school aged 16 years. Post-secondary school he enrolled as a student at Solihull’s College for Further Education.
After college he joined a specialist wholesaler distributing products to the construction industry. A progressive company he trained in all areas of the business and became adept in Sales and Marketing. He remained with the company for 5 years eventually becoming Group Sales/Marketing Manager.
In his mid-twenties and a desire to see more of the world he resigned his well-paid and secure employment and with wife Jenny & baby daughter Emma migrated to Africa. They eventually settled in Durban where he found employment with Stewarts & Lloyds (British Steel). Six months on he joined their external sales team travelling in and around Zululand and areas bordering Mozambique. It was whilst they were in Durban Jenny gave birth to twin girls, Sarah & Elizabeth. They remained in Africa for two years returning to the UK in the mid-seventies.
On his return Mike started his own Plumbers Merchants and has over the years started and run several enterprises. They have been as diverse as a Hi-Tec Design & Build Aluminium Cladding Company to an Office Cleaning business employing 40 staff.
Councillor Robinson was first elected in 2004 and has been representing the residents of Castle Bromwich for the last 12 years. He has served on many committees over that time both as chair and member. He is particularly proud of being a Governor of Park Hall School/Academy, Director/Trustee Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens, Director/Trustee Birmingham International Airport Community Fund and Board Director of Solihull Community Housing.
He has always been keen on field sports particularly fishing, a love of the countryside and an emerging desire to learn to play golf a lot better than he does currently!
The Deputy Mayoress of Solihull
Mrs Jenny Robinson
Jenny, twin sister of Susan was born in Rugby & lived there until the age of five. She & her family moved to Stechford Birmingham where she was educated until leaving secondary school aged 17 years.
She attended Birmingham Food & Technology College & gained a diploma in Institutional Management (Dist.) and is a qualified Chef/City & Guilds.
Her first job after college was as an assistant manager at Birmingham University Halls of Residence. Aged 21 she became one of the youngest Head Housekeepers in the country whilst working at Penns Hall Hotel (Home of the ATV series “Cross Roads”).
The Deputy Mayoress has always loved horse riding and has owned horses for many years. Recently she has taken up riding in the Western Style and at present has an American Quarter Horse. She walks her lovely Jack Russell ‘Jack’ every day and owns and runs a small Bed and Breakfast business.