Ware Town Council

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Town Mayor

Councillor Alexander Curtis was elected Mayor for the new civic year at a ceremony in The Priory on the 22nd of May 2017.

Councillor Michael Standley is the new Deputy Mayor.

Each year the Mayor chooses one or more charities to support during their year of office. This year the Mayor has chosen Sad Cats.


Cllr. Alexander Curtis has lived in and around Ware for his whole life. At the age of 20, he is thought to be the youngest current mayor in Europe and the second youngest mayor in modern British history.

Alex was first elected to Ware Town Council in May 2015, receiving 1291 votes and securing a seat as one of the representatives for Christchurch Ward; which covers the High Street and mews, the Old Town, and land that stretches all the way over to Widbury Hill and the top of Cozens Road in the east. Cllr. Curtis is the Chairman of the Ware Neighbourhood Plan, has served on a number of council committees, and is heavily involved with a number of non-council community groups in the town.

In addition to his work in Ware, Alex is a student at the University of Oxford, where he reads Geography at St. Catherine’s College. In his academic work, he specialises in palaeo-climatology and palaeo-ecology; the study of past environments. Currently, he is attempting to establish the sensitivity of biotic-based palaeo-environmental reconstructions to taxonomic resolution; and is planning to publish some work on this topic in due course. Other academic interests of Cllr. Curtis include developmental, economic, political, social, and transport geographies; alongside social theory.

At Oxford, Alex has worked at the famous student newspaper, Cherwell; working in both the business and editorial teams at different points in his university career. He has also been prolifically involved in student politics at Oxford; having been on the committee of the famous debating society, the Oxford Union and currently serving as an elected trustee of the Oxford University Students Union. He has helped to lead campaigns on issues as varied as combating antisemitism and encouraging action against homelessness. Alex is also involved in Model United Nations (MUN), serving as Secretary-General of OxIMUN 2017; one of the most prestigious MUN conferences in the world.

Alongside his civic role on the town council as Mayor, Cllr. Curtis is very involved in party politics; being the current Chairman of the Hertford and Stortford Conservative Association and the Ware Conservatives Branch. Alex also serves as Deputy Chairman and Treasurer of the Oxford East Conservative Association, having previously sought election unsuccessfully to both Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council as a Conservative Party candidate. It should be recognised though that in his role of Mayor, Cllr. Curtis acts apolitically as an ambassador for Ware and champion of the local community.

In his free time, Cllr. Curtis enjoys hobbies as varied as music, reading, sailing, socialising with friends, and walking. He is an out-of-practice pianist who is keen to get back into fencing and take up mountaineering seriously. Alex doesn’t have a favourite restaurant in Ware, as there are so many fantastic ones to choose from. As the local councillor for much of the town centre, Cllr. Curtis is a passionate advocate for local businesses of all kinds.

Cllr. Curtis’ official mayoral charity for the year 2017-2018 is the Sad Cats, a group of local volunteers who rescue stray cats from the streets of Ware and the surrounding area; caring for the cats before finding them new homes. As a proud owner of 3 cats; Barney, Ozzy, and Marie, this is a cause that is very close to Alex’s heart. As Mayor of Ware, Cllr. Curtis seeks to promote the individuals and groups in our community that don’t often get as much exposure for the fantastic work that they do in our area.

Cllr. Curtis has appointed 3 people to serve as his co-consorts this year: his mother, Julie Curtis; his sister, Katie Curtis; and his friend, Sophie Louise Morris. Cllr. Michael Standley is his Deputy Mayor.

If you would like to invite the Mayor to an event, please contact his secretary, Niall Taylor, at niall@waretowncouncil.gov.uk. The Mayor’s public engagements calendar and guidance for inviting Cllr. Curtis to events can also be found through the links below, on this page.

The role of Mayor is principally a symbolic one, with the post being held for 12 months, and elected by the full town council. Past mayors include:

  • Councillor Phyllis Ballam (2015-2016)
  • Councillor Rosalie Standley (2013-2015)
  • Councillor Phyllis Ballam (2012-2013)
  • Alan L. Warman (2011-2012)
  • Edward Bedford (2010-2011)
  • Katherine Little (2009-2010)
  • Phyllis Ballam (2008-2009)
  • George Powell (2007-2008)
  • Terrence Milner (2006-2007)
  • Malcolm Alexander (2005-2006)
  • Phyllis Ballam (2004-2005)
  • Jeanette Taylor (2003-2004)
  • Victoria Shaw (2002-2003)
  • Peter Horry (2001-2002)
  • Jan Wing (2000-2001)

If you would like to invite the Mayor to an event, please email the Mayor’s secretary at

niall@waretowncouncil.gov.uk Written requests can be sent to:
Ware Town Council, Ware Priory, High Street, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 9AL


Mayoral Engagement Form

Notes for Organisers of Functions

Civic Events


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