A Scot by birth and the second of four children, Councillor Ann McLachlan was born in Clydebank in Glasgow.
Ann was educated in Wallasey at Riverside and Birkett Junior Schools and at St George’s Secondary Modern School, before moving on to Wallasey College of Further Education.
On leaving College in 1970, Ann worked at the University of Liverpool as a personal assistant to a Professor of Theoretical Physics - a position she held until she married Bill and they had their son and daughter.
After studying for a Business degree in the early 1990’s, Ann returned to work as a full time trade union official, where she held various roles until 2007. She subsequently worked for a Schools HR Consultancy in Liverpool until 2013.
Ann was first elected to the Council in 1996 and has served as the member for Bidston & St James Ward since 2004. During her time in office she has held various positions, including Chair of the Merseyside Pension Fund and Cabinet member for Children and Young People. Since 2012 she has been Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Governance, Commissioning and Improvement. Ann currently holds the portfolio for Transformation, Leisure and Culture.
The Mayor’s Consort, Mr Bill McLachlan, was born in Rock Ferry and is one of three boys.
Educated at Well Lane Primary School and Rock Ferry High School, he continued his studies at UCNW and Liverpool University, where he studied Modern Foreign Languages which he subsequently taught at Calday Grange Grammar School for 28 years, followed by a further 10 years teaching at various Wirral Schools.
Ann and Bill are members of Wirral Golf Club, where Bill has recently completed a year as Captain. Bill is also a keen rugby fan and played and refereed at Caldy Rugby Club for many years.
Ann and Bill both enjoy travelling, particularly cruising, and spending time with their four beautiful grandsons.
The Mayor’s Special Charity Fund
The Mayor and her Consort will support and raise funds with the following charities during their time in office:
IncuBabies is a new charity which has been established to improve and expand the intensive care unit for new born babies at Arrowe Park Hospital. The unit is one of only two Level 3 Care Units in Cheshire and Merseyside and the only one in the region to also care for sick mothers and children. The charity’s mission for the near future is to raise funds to extend the neo-natal unit.
Merseyside Autistic Children's Society (MACS) is a small Wirral-based charity, entirely run by parents, grandparents and volunteers whose lives are affected by Autism. The group has recently opened a new shop and drop-in facility in Liscard, which offers support, information and friendship to families affected by autism and provides a parent-to-parent network on social media to encourage parents to support each other and share their experiences. The group also offers affordable access to tools, toys and sensory equipment for children and young people to enjoy and provides regular autism-friendly day trips and activities for families in similar circumstances to enjoy together in a relaxed environment.
The Mayor’s Special Charity Fund will also make a contribution to Wirral Foodbank at the end of the Mayoral year.
Contact the Mayor's office
Civic Services Officer
Wallasey Town Hall
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 0151 691 8527