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Mayors Biography

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Sunderland, Councillor Dorothy Trueman.

On leaving school I started work at Pyrex as an office clerk and this is where I met my Husband Harry, when I found that I was expecting my first child, I left Pyrex and went on to have a second child.

Upon returning to work, I started a part-time post in sub post offices working on the counter.

As my children grew older, I got a position at the Sunderland Crown office where I worked full time for 20 years on the counter and training new sub-postmasters.

Harry and I now have two grown up children and one grandson who we love dearly, and love nothing more than when they all descend on us.

My Husband Harry was elected as Councillor to the Washington West ward in 1995. When I retired from work I wanted to be involved with my local community like Harry and made the decision to run for Councillor. I was also elected to the Washington West ward in 2010 and we are very proud to still be serving the constituents in this area today.

For those who do not know me, I have served on several Council committees since 2010 and was a member of the Adoption panel for several years.

On Wednesday 17 May 2023, I was delighted to be elected into the Office of the Mayor of Sunderland for 2023-2024 and my husband Harry, was elected as my Consort. Councillor Allison Chisnall, Castle Ward was elected to serve as Deputy Mayor, and her Consort is her partner Alistair. I am looking forward to working with them over the next 12 months.

I am very much looking forward to the year ahead, celebrating and promoting the great people, businesses, charities, organisations, community associations and more based in this wonderful city we get to call home.

If you are a business, charity, community group etc hosting an event that you would like the Mayor to attend, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of the Mayor by emailing or by telephone on 07766 367 426 or 07879 020 563.

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