1. The Mayor
Cllr Paul Lion - Mayor 2018/19
Mrs Laura Lion - Mayoress
Paul was born in Grenfell Road, Maidenhead in 1960. He was educated at Elmsley, Boyn Hill Infants, Wimbury and Furze Platt Juniors, Gordon Road and Slough College of Catering. He worked in the City of London Industrial Catering as a Relief Chef for mobile catering units. At this time he was also training hard in the sport of rowing which he had been introduced to by his father John Lion. Paul learnt to cox at the age of 9 years at Maidenhead Rowing Club. Paul’s greatest achievements were:
- 1977 Winning Gold for England in the Junior Single Sculls at the Silver Jubilee Regatta, Serpentine Home Counties Regatta;
- 1978 National Champion of Great Britain, Holme Pierrepont Single Sculls;
- Represented Great Britain in the Junior Single Sculls at the National Championships;
- Raced up to the age of 30 years.
Paul served on the Regatta Committee and became President of Maidenhead Rowing Club 2013, a post he continues to hold today.
Paul worked in his family business employing lots of local families at Elva Lodge Hotel. The Lions have been local employers for 56 years from 1950 until 2016. The original firm was John Lion Construction Ltd. The original founder of Elva Lodge Hotel was Paul’s mother Doris Lion. Needless to say as their son he ended up working in both industries – concrete and catering. One of Paul’s periods of employment was on a building site for Mr Colin Kent as a hod carrier, a very skilful and hard job which taught him a lot. The old Maidonian joke was “if your father didn’t like you he put you on the building site or took you to see Maidenhead United play football” though Maidenhead United are playing well now.
Elva Lodge celebrated 50 years in business and then closed in 2016. Mr Shanly has since built a block of flats on top of Castle Hill but kept the name “Elva Lodge” and the three Cypress trees still remain to this day.
Paul became the hotel Chef and Landlord for over 30 years. Paul has also been a cleaner at St Luke’s Church, Maidenhead for 18 years.
Paul met his future wife Laura Jenkinson in the Maidenhead Leisure Centre while weight training, love blossomed and they have not looked back. They rowed together and worked together as Laura joined Elva Lodge Hotel as manager in 1985. They have two children Benjamin, a commercial pilot first with Easy Jet and then British Airways and Katy an International Business Woman for SAP.
Paul became interested in politics in 1995 when he campaigned against road humps in Boyn Hill. He became a Borough Councillor for the Boyn Hill Ward in 2011. As he will not be standing again in the 2019 local elections he feels it is an honour to be able to represent the Royal Borough as First Citizen, along with his wife Laura, in his last year as a councillor.
The charities Paul and Laura will be supporting during the mayoral year 2018/19 will be the Royal British Legion and the Royal National Life Boat Institution.