Cllr Geoff Hipperson
Geoff Hipperson was born in 1948, one of three children. His mother was from Derbyshire and his father a former Royal Air Force pilot and farmer. Whilst attending Shouldham primary school, Geoff was fortunate enough to be a pupil of an exceptional headmaster, David Johnson.
Married to Rose since 1973, they have lived in Shouldham ever since, and have four children and a few grandchildren. Now semi-retired Geoff works in a local farming partnership.
In addition to family commitments and farming, Geoff has been involved in several local organisations, including Downham Market Young Farmers and secretary of the Pelicans Hockey Club. He is currently a parish councillor and governor of two primary schools.
Elected to the Borough Council in 1999, Geoff is a former cabinet member for the environment and was also a member of the original Freebridge Community Housing Board, the planning committee and environmental panel.
More recently, Geoff has helped with the opening of the King’s Arms community pub in Shouldham and is a member of the management team.
Geoff is especially appreciative of being chosen as Mayor having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012, so please do not think any shaking, shuffling or loss of balance is caused by too much time in the community pub.
Following a fascinating year as deputies, in their new roles Geoff and Rose are anticipating meeting even more residents and attending many additional events. One of Geoff’s themes is to visit the more remote areas of this large borough to help include residents in the whole community.
Geoff is very pleased that Cllr Margaret Wilkinson has agreed to be Deputy Mayor and is looking forward to working with her representing the council and borough during the forthcoming municipal year.
The Deputy Mayor
Cllr Margaret Rose Wilkinson
Margaret Rose Wilkinson (nee Farrow) was born in Edmonton, North London. After surviving the ravages of the wartime bombing, Margaret suffered the dreadful loss of both her parents when she was just nine years old. Her older brother took on the role of guardian to keep the family together.
Margaret left school at 15 and worked in London for Aquascutum, the luxury clothing retailer. This was followed by a stint at Burberry. In December 1958 Margaret married Peter, who was in the Merchant Navy and they went on to have a daughter and son.
Margaret then joined the NHS and worked for Tottenham Hotspur’s doctor in the mid-1960s. In 1967 she and Peter visited friends who had moved to King’s Lynn and they liked the area so much they moved here the same year. Margaret worked in the first doctor’s surgery on the Fairstead Estate, when it was situated in a house.
In 1983 Margaret was elected as Borough Councillor for the Fairstead ward, a role she has continued to date. Her 36 years of unbroken service make her one of the longest-serving Councillors. Margaret has undertaken a variety of positions, including chair of the environment committee and she was proud to oversee many initiatives which we still benefit from today.
In 1990, whilst working full time and serving on the Council, Margaret was approached to stand as a Justice of the Peace, a role which she continued for 20 years. Margaret has also been an active member of the Unite Trade Union for more than 30 years, receiving a special award for her long and valued contribution.
In spite of her busy life, Margaret still finds time for her favourite pastimes of knitting and gardening.
Margaret is looking forward immensely to her year ahead supporting the Mayor, with her Consort, Sandra Collop, by her side.