Find out about the Chairman

Cllr Elizabeth Mallinson


It's a very great honour to be the Chairman of Cumbria County Council and I will do my best for the residents of Cumbria in this role. I have been a councillor since 1991 when elected onto Carlisle City Council and in 1997 was elected as a County Councillor. I am been married for over 25 years to my husband John, who is also a Councillor and we have four children and five grandchildren between us.

I moved to Cumbria in 1974 and worked for Carlisle College of Arts, then for RAF Carlisle. I have done freelance work for the BBC and am a Peer Member of the IDeA, working in the past with the Audit Commission and with other authorities in Audit and inspection work. I am also a member of the LGA Community Well Being Board.

As a County Councillor I have been a Cabinet Member, Chair of the original Scrutiny SMB and I also chaired the first Health and Well Being Committee in Cumbria. I am now involved with Children's Scrutiny and Corporate Parenting and a champion for the Country for looked after children leaving care. I feel very passionate about our looked after children and their future and wellbeing.

As a City Councillor I have also chaired Audit and Scrutiny Committees and had the great honour of being Mayor of Carlisle in 2007. It was a great experience being Mayor and at times very moving when you see what so many people do for others in the community and I was very proud to have shared this with them as Mayor of Carlisle City.

In the past I have been a Board Member on Carlisle Probation Service, BBC Radio Cumbria, Riverside Housing and North Cumbria Acute Hospital Trust. I was the first Lady President of Carlisle Rotary Club and I am a school Governor and a member of Stanwix Community Association. I work with my residents in Stanwix to make Stanwix a great place to live. We have regular litter picks involving the community and are active in Cumbria in Bloom and we have won the Urban section a couple of time working with Friends of Rickerby Park and various youth group Stanwix School to achieve this. I support Carlisle Cricket club and the wonderful work done for the youth teams by them.

I look forward to my year ahead supporting the people of Cumbria.


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