Chairman

Rayleigh Town Council Chairman, Councillor Deborah Mercer

Cllr Deborah Mercer was elected as Chairman of Rayleigh Town Council in May 2022.
Supported by Vice Chairman Cllr Mrs Danielle Belton.

Rayleigh Town Council Chairman, Councillor Deborah Mercer

I am a divorced mother of 3 grown up sons, all in their 30’s and all still at home, running my own business.

I moved to Rayleigh with my 3 boys and grandmother in 2003 in order for my children to have a decent education, as the school they were at was failing them.

It was a very scary time, as I had left a part time job in a Pharmacy and moved with only my fledgling business to keep us all afloat.

I qualified in 2001 as a Podiatrist and now have an extremely busy visiting practice, covering a large area – from Southend to Aveley, and pretty much everything in between!

I am also the Chairman of the British Chiropody & Podiatry Association for the UK and regularly meet at branches far and wide across the country for their meetings. I also run one of the meetings locally, organising speakers and trade stands for the professional members.

I have a background in banking as I worked at Lloyds bank for 6 years before having my children. I used to love walking my dogs around our many green open spaces and woodlands but sadly, the dogs are no longer with us.

I joined Rayleigh Town Council in 2011 after being a frequent visitor to the NAPP meetings that were held in the Council offices with a member of the Police. I was asked if being a councillor was something I would like to consider and I have been an active member since then, representing Trinity ward.

I have been on many committees, chairing the planning committee for a number of years, and have also been chairman of Standing Orders, as well as Vice Chairman of Environment and Financial Regulations.

I have participated in the weeding of our High Street in preparation for Rayleigh in Bloom and have volunteered as a Marshal for events such as Trinity Fair and the Christmas Lights. I am always reporting highways issues and picking up letter when I go walking in the mornings.

Rayleigh Town Council Past Chairmen 1996 - 2021