INTRODUCING THE MAYOR AND DEPUTY MAYOR FOR 2021-2022
Councillor David Ratcliff - Town Mayor 2021-2022
On Tuesday, 4 May, the Town Council elected the Town Mayor and Deputy Town Mayor for 2021-2022.
Councillor David Ratcliff was elected Mayor for the year and Councillor Jude Gubb was elected Deputy Mayor for the same period.
A Councillor for Bideford West Ward, this is David Ratcliff’s second time as Mayor of Bideford, he first took the role in the term 2007-2008.
David is an ex-businessman, Bideford based, of 22 years. Now retired, and after a few health battles, he decided to return to Town Council after being asked to stand for election in May 2019.
David managed to secure funding, put forward and formulated the plan for the Old Town Planters which has created a floral gateway to Clovelly Road. He wants to see Bideford thriving and moving forward, especially after the Covid-19 Pandemic.
His membership on Council Committees & Outside Bodies are: Staffing, Finance & General Purposes, Market Management, Grievance & Disciplinary, Emergency Planning, Bideford & District Community Archive, Bideford Bridge Trust, Bideford Twinning Association, Bideford Regatta Committee.
Councillor Jude Gubb - Deputy Town Mayor 2021-2022
Jude Gubb has lived East the Water for more than 30 years and is probably more widely known as DJ Jude. When she is not DJ’ing she practices music therapy at residential homes where she combines Music Memories with a bit of Keep Fit. Jude works tirelessly in organising events along with her fellow Councillors on the Tourism Committee and is central to the success of Bideford Fair. She is also a member of the Bideford Youth Pipe Band.
Jude first joined the Town Council in 2018 and was successful again in the May 2019 elections.
Jude's membership on Councillor Committees & Outside Bodies are: Staffing, Finance & Gen Purposes, Allotments, Tourism, Personnel Appeals Panel, Bideford Bridge Trust, Bideford Regatta Committee.
Jude is also a District Councillor sitting on Torridge District Council.