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The Mayor's Office

The Mayor or Swale

The Mayor of Swale, Cllr Paul Stephen

The Mayor of Swale, Cllr Paul Stephen.

Paul worked for British Telecom for 38 years and was a manager there for 26 years. He was in charge of a team of engineers installing major services of copper and fibre networks to projects like Bluewater and the O2 Arena.

Paul moved to Tunstall, Sittingbourne in 2005 after meeting his future wife Sarah on a yoga retreat in Majorca. Yoga is a very important part of both their lives, which led them to both train as yoga teachers from 2007 – 2011, and they still teach yoga in the Sittingbourne area.

In recent years Paul helped run a yoga charity along with Sarah and other well known teachers. It raised money in the UK and Europe for yoga projects in areas of conflict in the Middle East.

During the Covid crisis Paul and Sarah have volunteered to the Swale Hub to help local residents who were vulnerable. This they will both continue with for as long as they are needed.

A keen DIY man, Paul has been putting his skills to good use by volunteering to help renovate the Raybel Barge at Lloyd Wharf, Milton Creek (behind Halfords).

Paul is on the Planning Committee and Licencing Committee at Swale Borough Council and is a Trustee for Swale Citizen Advice. Along with MS Swale, he and Sarah will be supporting them both as their chosen charities for the Mayoral year.