Biography of the Ceremonial Mayor

Ann-Marie was born into a Salford family in North Manchester General Hospital.

Both her parents were Salford born and bred. Her late father was born in Greengate and her late Mother in Broughton. Ann-Marie’s maternal grandparents were Italian Immigrants that settled in the Ancoats area of Manchester and then later moved to Broughton in Salford. Her paternal family are English and of Irish heritage. She has two brothers both born in the then Hope Hospital, now known as Salford Royal. She has spent most of life living in Manchester and Salford.

She is a science graduate from Salford University and has had a varied career including specialising in oenology, being the manager of a wine chemistry laboratory and completing professional wine qualifications and working for the wines and spirits department at Selfridges, specialising in sales and tasting sessions.

She was also a trade union rep for many years and an active trade unionist.

She has served as a councillor in Salford City Council since 2004 for the wards of Kersal, Ordsall and lately the new Quays ward. She has served in various roles of the executive of the council and been a Chair of Scrutiny and of the GMCA committee allocating funding for the arts and sports.

Apart from politics, Ann-Marie has an avid interest in science, arts and culture and animal welfare and her pets. She particularly loves cats and shares her home with a clowder, she says “it’s important to note that cats do not have owners, they have staff!”

She is really looking forward to her Mayoral year, following the most difficult and strange time most of us have ever known in our lives with the pandemic. She hopes that this will be a very successful year with the honour of representing the amazing city of Salford and particularly for fundraising for the very deserving Mayor’s charities.

Her chosen charities are:

Animals in distress

This charity was founded in 1967 to alleviate the suffering of sick and injured animals. Their work includes 24 hour rescue, veterinary treatment and neutering. They look after strays, abandoned animals and cruelty cases in the city.

Loaves and Fishes

This charity brings together a wealth of experience and expertise working with homeless, vulnerable and isolated people in the city. They have supported many people, embracing, empowering and offering hope to those in need.

Salford Children’s Holiday Camp

The holiday camp was established in 1926, by way of an endowment of an area of land on the north Wales coast at Prestatyn. 'The Jam Butty Camp' as it is affectionately known was set up to provide respite for the poor children of industrial Salford and continues to help many children living in poverty today to enjoy a well-deserved break by the seaside.

This page was last updated on 19 May 2022

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