The Worshipful the Mayor of Stafford Borough
Councillor Philip Leason MBE, JP 2022 - 2023
Philip was “born and bred” in Stone and represents St. Michael and Stonefield Ward on the Borough Council. After attending Newcastle College he went to work for Joule’s Brewery and later Bass and Trade Team. He then went to work at Royal Mail as an Advanced Customer Service Advisor and in 2016 received an M.B.E. for services to Royal Mail and the community of Stone.
He was first elected to the Borough Council in 1991 and has served for several terms since then. He was Deputy Borough Mayor in 2011/12.
He is also a member of Stone Town Council and has been Town Mayor on two occasions.
In 2022 he retired as a magistrate having served for 36 years sitting in both the criminal and family courts throughout the county.
He is a member of a number of organisations in Stone and is a keen local historian. Both Philip and Edith enjoy travelling and learning about other countries and their culture. As a Rotarian, Philip has visited India on five occasions to help with the polio eradication programme.
Philip feels honoured to be appointed as Mayor, particularly during the Queen’s Jubilee year. Both he and Edith look forward to representing the Borough, supporting community groups, local charities and businesses and promoting the Borough.
The main Mayor’s charity for the year is the Staffordshire Lowland Search and Rescue Team, but he will also be supporting other local charities.
Mayoress - Mrs Edith Leason
Edith was born in Stone and educated at Howell’s School in Denbigh, North Wales before training in catering at Stafford College and Birmingham College of Food and Domestic Arts. After a variety of roles with a contract catering company she moved to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service as Catering Officer in 1979 and then Assistant Conference Liaison Officer until she was re-deployed to Business Support Assistant for the Response Team at Longton Fire Station until she retired after over 33 years’ service.
As a keen member of Girlguiding UK Edith joined the movement as a Brownie at the age of seven and never escaped. She has served as a Guide Guider, District Commissioner and is currently an Assistant Brownie Guider at 4th Stone Brownies and mentors new Leaders and those wishing to train to take Brownies away on holiday.
Both Edith and Philip are members of the Olave Baden-Powell Society and have enjoyed attending International Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Events in New Zealand, India, Finland, Iceland and Hong Kong among others and supporting Guiding at work in under developed countries.
Edith is involved with various activities at her local church, St. Michael and St. Wulfad’s Church in Stone, including Messy Church, “Open Door “ and a weekly religious meeting at a local sheltered housing complex .
Edith is looking forward to her year as Mayoress