Councillor Tony Smith was born in Carlow, Ireland. The eldest of three children he was educated in Ireland and at Heythrop Jesuit College in Oxfordshire.
He is a qualified teacher having trained at Christ’s College Liverpool. He subsequently went on to study for a BA Honours in Psychology and an MSc in Educational Psychology.
After teaching for 8 years in primary education he worked as an Educational Psychologist for 30 years, first in Sefton and then in Manchester.
Tony and Barbara were married in 1973. They have a son, a daughter and five grandchildren.
Tony was first elected to the council in 1995 as the member for Bebington Ward and has served as the member for Upton Ward since 2004. He has held various roles and responsibilities including Cabinet member for Social Inclusion and Cabinet Member for Children’s Services. He is Chair of governors at Woodchurch High School and has been on the governing body since 2007.
Tony has always been an active sportsman running (he completed the Dublin marathon and a number of half marathons), playing football, squash and tennis as a member of Upton tennis club. He now plays golf using municipal courses and improves his Spanish by attending classes. Tony is an enthusiastic football fan and Tony and Barbara are Liverpool season ticket holders.
Mayoress Barbara Smith
Barbara Smith was born in Birkenhead and educated at Sacred Heart Primary School, Maris Stella High School and Teacher Training College in Liverpool. She studied for a BA with the Open University and then an Advanced Diploma in Special Educational Needs, also with the Open University. Barbara worked in primary education from 1966 until 2005 with a break of a few years when their children were small.
Barbara likes to spend time with family and their five wonderful grandchildren. She has always been a great supporter of adult education, attending a range of classes from languages and pottery to calligraphy. She swims regularly and enjoys gardening, reading and walking.
Tony and Barbara enjoy travelling. Ireland and Australia have been recent favourite destinations. They like to go to the cinema and theatre and enjoy visiting museums and galleries. Barbara has consistently supported Tony in his role as a councillor.
The Mayor’s Special Charity Fund
The Mayor and Mayoress will support and raise funds with the following charities during their time in office:
Dementia Together Wirral
Dementia Together Wirral is a charity set up to relieve the needs of those living with dementia, their carers and former carers through social support and friendship. It is managed and run by dedicated volunteers and relies on the goodwill and support of the community.
The charity facilitates a huge variety of dementia friendly events at various venues around Wirral. The regular memory cafes, morning coffee and afternoon tea, are well established. There are also support groups for a range of activities including music, dancing, handicrafts, games, dementia friendly cinema showings, walking groups and single event socials and outings.
They hope to be able to provide more services dependant on volunteer recruitment and fundraising, which is an important part of what they do.
Open Door Centre
The Open Door Centre, ODC, is an independent charity located in the Bloom Building in Birkenhead. The work of ODC is built around supporting young adults (age 15-30) of Wirral and Merseyside with common mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, stress and panic attacks. It is a local organisation started by residents with a desire to support others experiencing emotional difficulties.
The Mayor’s Special Charity Fund will also make contributions to other Wirral-based charities and voluntary groups at the end of the Mayoral year.
Contact the Mayor's office
Civic Services Officer
Wallasey Town Hall
Tel: 0151 691 8527