The Mayor and Deputy Mayor

Scarborough Borough Council appoints a Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough each year. The current Mayor is Councillor Hazel Lynskey. The current Deputy Mayor is Councillor Roberta Swiers.  You can follow the Mayor on Twitter and Facebook.

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Councillor Hazel Lynskey

Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, 2019/2020

Cllr Lynskey was born in Scarborough, the youngest of six children. She was educated at Northstead Infants and Junior School, Central Girls School and Scarborough Technical College.

Hazel had an early introduction to the stage, dancing as a juvenile in many professional shows and appearing on children’s television.  She continued her dancing and has wonderful memories of the Open Air Theatre ballet.

She worked for more than 30 years for a local insurance broker and is a widow with one son, Michael, who will act as the Mayor’s Consort.  Michael is married to Lorna and has two children; Ruby aged 10 and Milo 18 months. He is an accomplished musician and owns an events company. The Mayor joined Scarborough Borough Council in 2003 using her vast experience in finance to become Chairman of Audit Committee. She has also been Chairman of Planning and Development Committee.

Hazel has been Deputy Mayoress and Mayoress to Honorary Alderman Sheila Kettlewell and became Mayor for the first time in 2010 with Sheila acting as her Mayoress. Hazel is privileged to become Mayor for the second time. Hazel’s free time is spent watching sport and is an ardent football fan.  She is a Director of Gallows Close Centre and loves live theatre.

Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr Hazel Lynskey, said:

“It is a privilege and honour to be Mayor and even more so to be a returning Mayor.  I have chosen the theme of ‘Communication – Reaching Out’ as my theme for the year. I am really looking forward to meeting many people throughout the course of my duties and also creating a closer relationship with the people of the borough."

“Together with my Consort, Michael, I will also be working hard to raise money for the Borough of Scarborough Community Fund to help many groups and organisations throughout the area.”

Councillor Roberta Swiers

Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, 2019/2020

Originally from Gristhorpe, Councillor Swiers has lived in the Borough of Scarborough her whole life. The eldest of five children, her working life started earlier than most when she was cleaning and helping out at the local holiday parks from age 14. A school leaver at age 15 saw her employment become permanent and after passing her driving test two years later, she moved onto delivering goods to stores for local wholesaler, Youngman’s.

Roberta married husband Dave, an electrician for 30 years at McCains, in 1972 and they are proud parents to two sons, Craig an IT specialist and Ryan a doctor who has recently returned from an eight months secondment in Australia. Craig and his wife Cleo have two daughters, Cameron and Brooke, who are beautiful grandchildren for Roberta and Dave. Roberta’s sister-in-law, Dr Dianne Swiers, will be her Deputy Mayoress during the year.

Roberta has always held a passion for driving and 35 years ago fulfilled her ambition of becoming a driving instructor, starting her own driving school, which she still runs to this day. She is very proud to say she has successfully taught over 7000 people to drive.

Watching cricket has always been Roberta’s favourite pastime, a passion fuelled by the early success of son Ryan who played for Scarborough, Driffield and Yorkshire under 17’s. She would often drive to Liverpool and Nottingham to watch Ryan play when he was at university and has many happy memories of those times.

Following in the footsteps of her grandfather Robert Dale who served on Filey Town Council for many years and was a former mayor of the town, Roberta, fuelled by a desire to give something back to the local community, joined Cayton Parish Council in 2004 and has served continuously since then being Chairman for the last five years. She is also Chair of the Jubilee Hall committee, the Village Hall committee and Cayton Gala as well as being a Governor of Cayton School.

Elected to Scarborough Borough Council in 2015, she has served on several committees including planning and licensing and in 2017 was elected to represent Hertford and Cayton on North Yorkshire County Council. This has seen her serve on the committees for Transport, Environment Overview and Scrutiny and Scrutiny of Health. In addition she is a trustee of the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr Roberta Swiers, said:

“I am very much looking forward to serving as the Deputy Mayor and I will continue to strive to do the best I can for the area and all members of the community.”

You can also view past Mayors.