Enrolment of Honorary Aldermen

The Lord Mayor of Plymouth held a ceremony for three long-serving ex-councillors honouring them for their decades of public service in Plymouth.

Former Councillors Ted Fry, Martin Leaves and Wendy Foster were enrolled as Aldermen at the ceremony held at the Council House on Monday 26 November. Between them they served the city as councillors for 62 years, and they have demonstrated commitment and dedication to the people of Plymouth.

To become an Alderman you must be a member of the Council who has either served as Lord Mayor or been a councillor for a total period of 16 years.

Former Deputy Lord Mayor, Ted Fry was elected for the Compton Ward in 1992 and served continuously as a councillor for the ward for 26 years. He served on many committees, was Leader of the Conservative Group for a few months and Deputy Leader for five years. His cabinet responsibilities were economic development, planning and strategic housing and he was a member of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership.

He also worked for the Local Government Association and the Audit Commission visiting and reporting on other councils. As a teacher he worked in mainstream secondary and special education and sat on the National Council for Special Education. He was a head teacher for 20 years at a large school for children aged 11 to 18 years old with special educational needs.

Martin Leaves was elected for Efford and Lipson Ward in 2000 and served as a councillor until 2003. In 2003 Martin was elected for Peverell ward serving until 2018, a total of 18 years as a city councillor.

Martin has served on many committees covering taxi licensing, planning, Mount Edgcumbe, Tamar Bridge and Ferry committees and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue. He was a school governor for Hyde Park Junior School and Plym View Primary School. He also worked as a postman and a taxi driver.

Former Lord Mayor Wendy Foster also received the honorary title. She was elected councillor for Plymstock Radford Ward in 2000 and served continuously as a councillor until May 2018.

She served on many committees covering planning, health and well-being scrutiny, the Child Poverty Group and the Adoption Panel.  Wendy was also vice-chair of the Education Committee, vice-chair of the Taxi Panel and vice-chair of Corporate Parenting.

Wendy was secretary to the Ambulance Officer in Plymouth and worked as nurse in several hospitals including Freedom Fields, Tavistock, and Plympton. Wendy was a school governor for Oreston Primary School.

Lord Mayor Councillor Sam Davey said: “Becoming an Honorary Alderman is a prestigious moment, Ted Fry, Martin Leaves and Wendy Foster have been chosen for their eminent services to Plymouth City Council during their time as councillors and I am delighted to ask each of them to sign the roll of Honorary Aldermen.”

During the ceremony, each signed the Roll of Honorary Aldermen and received the Alderman insignia and a framed scroll upon which the Council resolution is recorded.