Mayor, Councillor John Story
Mayoress, Mrs Barbara Story
John and his family have had a long and close association with the Royal Borough. John and Barbara have had a house in St Mary's Hill in Ascot for 45 years. Before that they lived in Church Street, Windsor. John was brought up in Sunningdale, went to Holy Trinity Primary School and then to what is now Windsor Boys School. Their son, Michael, was born in Windsor and is now a partner in a consultancy business.
Barbara is one of the Royal Borough's professional Librarians - she first worked in Maidenhead Library just after it opened. Prior to COVID Barbara was working there again, as well as in Windsor Library and in the museum in the Guildhall. She now specialises in Local Studies, responding to residents' local history and other enquiries. Barbara is also Vice Chair of Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council.
John went straight from school in Windsor to join what is now British Airways - and stayed there for 40 years. Much of this time was spent working abroad, representing British Airways and managing its business and operations in the USA and in many countries throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. After leaving British Airways John went back to school - he trained and qualified as a barrister and for the past 17 years has worked pro bono for a national charity advising and representing people who have been subjected to discrimination and other unlawful treatment at work and who cannot afford to pay for lawyers. John went to Salford University, where he and Barbara met, and has masters degrees in Business Administration and Law.
John was first elected as a councillor in 2006.
His Council appointments have included:
- Member of the Royal Borough Cabinet.
- Vice Chairman of the Adults, Children and Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel.
- Member of the Audit and Governance Committee, Berkshire Pension Fund Panel, Standing Conference on Archives (Berkshire Record Office) and Community Governance Review Working Group.
- Trustee of the Charters School Community Centre Recreation Trust.