The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor 2015-16
Councillor Olwen Foggin
The Lord Mayor's Biography
Councillor Olwen Margaret Foggin was born and raised in the Wonford part of Exeter and is very proud to have lived in Exeter all her life and was educated in Bradley Rowe and Priory School.
Councillor Foggin married her husband, Gerald, in 1962. They have three children and feel privileged to have eight grandchildren and six great grand-children.
Councillor Foggin worked in mental health in Exeter for 30 years' before retiring in 2013, where she covered all aspects of mental health except dementia, which she deeply regrets.
In 2000, with help from the community, Councillor Foggin, with the blessing of the farmer and park rangers, was successful in transplanting Primroses, Snow Drops and Bluebells from Digby Halt to the Ludwell Valley Park for future generations to enjoy, before the diggers arrived with the new development and lost the wild flowers for ever.
In the 1990s, Councillor Foggin again worked with the community and campaigned for the re-opening of the supermarket in Wonford, to give the people in this deprived part of the city a better standard of living.
With post office closures within the City, Councillor Foggin worked closely with Post Watch UK and was successful in saving the Post Office in Heavitree, as well as the relocating of the Wonford Post Office from Wonford Village to the Burnthouse Lane Estate. They also campaigned for the reopening of the well-used post-box in Magdalen Road for the residents.
Councillor Foggin worked with the community for the History of Wonford that was held in the Museum after being let down with a community event. Not letting this stop her, the event turned out to be one of the best events Wonford people had had. The folders and photos are still being used to-date - the latest events working with Heavitree History society and Community association WW1 November 2014. Councillor Foggin went on to facilitate an Arts and Craft Exhibition working with the community and the community patrollers for the people of Burnthouse Lane. This was another great event with so many talented people in the area.
In 2012, Councillor Foggin was proud to have been awarded the Age UK Pride of Place Award for her work with older people
Cllr Foggin adds, "It is a privilege and honour to be given the opportunity to be Exeter's Lord Mayor 2015 /2016. Exeter is wonderful and vibrant and I am very proud to be part of this year's civic team representing and promoting our great city."
The Lord Mayor has chosen Exeter Foundation as her charity.