About the Mayor
The Mayor and Mayoress of Solihull for 2017 - 2018 are Councillor Stuart Davis and Mrs Sarah Walker.
The Mayor of Solihull
Councillor Stuart Davis
Stuart was born in Croydon, Surrey. He has lived in Knowle for all but fifteen years of his life. He was educated in Knowle & Solihull.
During his career he worked for the Marley Tile Company, during the construction of the Chelmsley Wood development, and later moved to ICI and then to Courtaulds. He started his own business as a main stockist for polythene products and other products for the horticultural trade. He then moved his business and family to south Devon and then to live and work in the Canary Islands where Stuart had business interests
Stuart’s interest in politics started in his late teens, and he first entered Solihull Council as the Conservative Councillor for the Shirley West ward in 1979. On moving to Devon he was elected to Devon County Council. On returning to the UK he stood for firstly Shirley West ward and then the St Alphege ward, which he has represented since 1999.
During his time on the Council he has been Chairman of the Planning Committee, Chairman of The Overview Scrutiny and Management Board, Chairman of the Councils first Licensing Committee. He was a member of CENTRO and is also a member of the West Midlands Fire Authority, where he is Conservative group leader. For the past year he has been Solihull Council’s representative on the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board of the West Midlands Combined Authority.
Stuart has two sons, a daughter and a step-daughter and has just become a grandfather for the eighth time.
During his spare time Stuart likes to “potter” in his garden and go travelling. He has been a member of Lions Clubs International for over thirty years and is currently a member of Knowle & Dorridge Lions Club.
Mayoress of Solihull
Mrs Sarah Walker (daughter)
Sarah was born in Solihull’s Netherwood Maternity Unit. She was educated in Dorridge, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon.
She first worked for a credit rating company and then for Cheltenham & Gloucester Building Society. When she left on maternity leave she was Assistant Manager. Later on Sarah also worked in the cash office at Tesco. At the present time she works as a Teaching Assistant at the Willows School, Stratford-upon-Avon.
The Mayoress and her husband Jeremy have three daughters and they live in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Mayor's Sea Scout - 2016/2017
Katie is an Explorer with 4th Knowle Sea Scout Group and is delighted to have been chosen to represent them as this year’s Mayor’s Sea Scout. She has achieved several awards with the Group, the most recognisable being the Chief Scout Gold Award and the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. She is now working towards her Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award and hopes to complete the Gold Award in the future.
During her 7 years with the Group, Katie has attended numerous camps, the most recent of which being a week aboard HMS Bristol. She has participated in many activities including various water sports as well as completing expeditions such as the Six Summit Challenge.
Katie is currently doing A-Levels in Year 12. She is also an active member and demonstrator with Learning Curves Dance where she takes regular dance exams and performs with them annually at Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the Birmingham Hippodrome.