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Biography of the mayor

The mayor of Cambridge is Councillor Russ McPherson.

Russ was born on the 18 November 1954. He married Carole in February 1978 at St Andrews Church, Cherry Hinton and they live in Cherry Hinton with their Rough Collie, Ella.

Russ holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Psychology from the Open University and a teaching qualification from Cambridge Regional College.

Russ was first elected to the City Council in May 2004 representing Cherry Hinton, and has served continuously on the council ever since. This is his second term as Mayor of the City of Cambridge having been Mayor in 2009-2010.

Russ has been Chair of the Labour Group for ten years (making him the longest serving Chair) as well as Chair of Civic Affairs committee for four years, having stood down this year due to constitutional ruling.

He currently serves on the licencing committee and retains the Chair of Labour Group as well as serving as lead Councillor for both standards and Community Safety.

Russ is the former Security Student Liaison Manager at Cambridge Regional College, a position he held for 15 years before taking up a new post in September 2019 as First Aid and Fire Safety Instructor for the College. He is President of St John Ambulance City of Cambridge Division, and has been a member of the management committee of 104 Squadron (City of Cambridge) Air Training Corps since 2010.

Councillor McPherson was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012 for his work as a Voluntary Community First Responder for the Ambulance Service, followed by a 10-year award for voluntary service also to the Ambulance Service in 2017.

Russ's interests include: playing music (including highland pipes, guitar, mandocello and whistles with songs to match); caravanning with Carole on the south coast and in Scotland; walking with their dog Ella; reading David Gemmell books; a special interest in the history and workings of British Intelligence. Russ is a very keen motorcyclist, having had over 20 bikes and still riding.