John Merry
deputy city mayor of Salford City Council; portfolios have included North West Development Agency and Local and National Learning & Skills Councils

John Merry was elected to represent Broughton ward in 1990 and up until becoming deputy leader in 1998 had had held various educational positions both within the City Council and externally, most notably as vice chairman of the AMA Education Committee and chair of the Council of Local Education Authorities.

He was elected to the position of leader of Salford City Council in May 2003.

It was John’s educational background that led to his appointment to the Further Education Funding Council and then in the year 2000 he was appointed as a member of both the Local and National Learning & Skills Councils, remaining on the National LSC as a special advisor for a number of years. Other portfolios included the LGA Finance & Strategy Executive, North West Development Agency and deputy chair of the Children & Young People Board.

Following the election of the city’s first directly elected mayor in 2012 John Merry was given responsibility for the children & young people’s portfolio and later the skills & work agenda which complemented his continued role on the LGA Children & Young People’s Board at the time.

The election of the second directly elected mayor in May 2016 has led to his appointment to the position of deputy city mayor.

Follow John on Twitter @JohnDMerry