Former Leader of MK Council and Mayor, Cllr Andrew Geary, has stepped down following 20 years of public service on Milton Keynes Council.
Conservative Councillor Andrew Geary was first elected to serve the people of Hanslope Park in 2002, before the ward eventually became known as Newport Pagnell North and Hanslope in 2014 following a boundary review.
He represented the ward throughout his entire time at Milton Keynes Council.
Cllr Geary has been hugely influential in the progress of Milton Keynes, having served as the Leader of the Council when the Conservatives were last in control between 2011-2014 and as Chair of the Development Control Committee.
He also served as Milton Keynes’ Mayor between 2020-2021 where he made supporting the city’s small businesses and keeping the city’s spirits up a key pillar of his time as Mayor during one of MK’s most difficult years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
An avid sports fan and supporter of MK Dons and Northampton Saints, Cllr Geary played a leading role in the city’s bid to host the Rugby World Cup at Stadium MK in 2015.
Cllr Geary also ran the Milton Keynes Marathon during his time as Mayor, ultimately raising a total of £10,000 for his chosen charities, the MK Dons Sports and Education Trust and the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.
Cllr Alex Walker, Leader of the Conservative Group, said:
“Andrew has been a hardworking ward councillor throughout who has shared a wealth of knowledge, experience, and friendship with members of this Chamber over the years.
He has gone above and beyond for Milton Keynes, serving not only as Leader of the Council, but also as Mayor during one of the most difficult years for our city.
His public duty is second to none and we wish Andrew well and thank him for his twenty years of commitment and service to Milton Keynes.”
Cllr Andrew Geary, said:
"It’s been an honour to have been a Conservative Cllr for 20 years serving the local village communities and more recently the town of Newport Pagnell.
Local politics has afforded me many opportunities and privileges which I will remember fondly. I look forward to continuing to work with my Conservative colleagues but from the outside of the council group to ensure that they keep up the excellent work that they do on behalf of the city and Borough."