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Deputy Mayor

Councillor Vera McWilliam is the Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey for 2017/18.

Councillor McWilliam is a native of Co. Fermanagh and came to Co. Antrim in 1967 when she married her husband Ray, before moving to Ballyclare in 1970. They have two children, Neil and Heather, and four grandchildren.

Councillor McWilliam was first elected to serve on Newtownabbey Borough Council in May 1997, representing the Ballyclare DEA.  In June 2000 she made history by becoming the first female Mayor of the Borough of Newtownabbey.  One week later she had the honour of officially opening the new Council Headquarters at Mossley Mill with His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales.   Having retained her seat at the Local Government Elections in June 2001, Councillor McWilliam once again was privileged to serve the Borough as Mayor – both at home and abroad.

She served on all of the Council’s Standing Committees, was Chair of the Local Action Group, delivering projects across Antrim, Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey and supported her local community until 2011, when she lost her seat. In the 2014 elections she was successfully elected to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, again for the Ballyclare DEA.  

She served on the Community Planning and Regeneration Committee and also on the Operations Committee as Vice-Chair during 2015-2016.  Vera is still the Chair of the Local Action Group known as Grow, which now covers the Antrim and Newtownabbey Council area only.

Vera is an active member of Ballyclare Presbyterian Church.


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