Biography of the mayor
We'll update this page with a biography of the new mayor, Cllr Jeremy Benstead, soon.
Councillor Dryden has served continuously on the city council since May 1995, representing Cherry Hinton ward. He has lived in Cambridge for more than 60 years and attended Cambridge schools.
During his time on the Council, he has taken particular interest in planning, community development, and leisure.
He has served as mayor on two previous occasions – in 2004/05 and 2006/07 – and as deputy mayor in 2005/06 and 2014/15. Prior to this, he accompanied successive mayors at civic ceremonial events in his capacity as a ceremonial bailiff from 1997 onwards.
He is married to Sandra, now retired, and who previously worked at the Rosie Maternity Hospital for 22 years. They have four children.
Councillor Dryden was a governor of the Spinney School in Cherry Hinton, for 13 years. He worked for the National Health Service for over 18 years and served for four years on the Community Health Council.
He is a trustee and chairman of the Fulbourn Hospital Sports and Social Club, a facility which is now open to the wider community. He is also a magistrate, member of the Addenbrooke’s Hospital board of governors and a member of the Royal British Legion.
For 46 years he has held membership of the trade union now known as Unite the Union.
Councillor Dryden’s leisure interests include sport, clay-pigeon shooting, walking, music and foreign holidays.
Find out about previous mayors on the mayoral history page.