Biography of the Mayor and Mayoress

The Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport for 2015/16 are Councillor Andrew Verdeille and Mrs Cleo Cundall.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport 2015/16

Cllr Andy Verdeille has lived in Reddish for 65 years.  He is a retired Trade Union Official and has twice been elected to serve on Stockport Borough Council.

In 1972 he was elected to the old County Borough of Stockport, serving on that body for two years and a further eight years on the then newly formed Metropolitan Borough of Stockport Council. He then moved from being a regional organiser in the white collar section of UCATT to a National Organiser for UCATT and in 1982 went to live in London, having retired from the Council.  He returned to Stockport in 2002 and worked for a short time for the GMB as a regional Industrial Officer but subsequently had to retire from full time work on ill health grounds.  He later took up part time work for Andrew Bennett MP and then Andrew Gwynne MP in the Parliamentary office of the Denton & Reddish Constituency.  In 2008 he was elected for the second time and currently serves as a Councillor for South Reddish Ward.  From 2010 to 2015 he was Leader of the Labour Group on Stockport Council.  In addition Andy served five years as a volunteer mentor at a young offenders institute and also spent two years working with people with dementia.

The Mayoress is Cleo Cundall, who is a retired primary school teacher. She and  her late husband Terry have known Andy for more than 40 years. She is mother to 4 grown up children. Cleo has a very keen interest in current affairs. She also enjoys gardening and reading as well as being a regular theatre goer. In addition she finds time to go to the gym  three mornings a week and believes in keeping fit. Her teaching career was spent in Manchester, and in latter years she taught children with special needs.  Cleo still maintains a keen interest in children and young people.