Peter Reader was elected the Mayor of the London Borough of Bexley on 24 May at the Council's annual meeting. His wife Irene serves with him as Mayoress.

Mayor Peter Reader
  • Peter has lived in the borough since the age of five and has been married to Irene for the past 30 years
  • they live in Bexleyheath and have five adult children, 16 grandchildren and one great grandchild
  • the Mayor has two sisters who live in the USA
  • Peter’s mother died as a result of Parkinson’s 17 years ago and he and the Mayoress have chosen the Bexley and Dartford branch of Parkinson’s UK as their charity for the year
  • Peter attended Normandy Primary School, Barnehurst Junior School, Brook Street Secondary School and the North West Kent College of Technology
  • after his A-levels, he followed his father into the Merchant Navy, but his career was brought to a premature end by deteriorating eyesight
  • after leaving the Merchant Navy, Peter was articled to a firm of chartered accountants
  • he later set up his up own accountancy practice, where he and his wife worked together until their retirement, last September
  • he first became seriously interested in politics in 1965 and was elected to the Council in 1968 and served initially until 1971. His latest spell on the Council started in 2006
  • he has served as Chairman of the Planning Committee for the past five years
  • he also has an interest in adult social care and is proud of the role he played as chairman of a Council sub-group reviewing accommodation options for elderly residents
  • Peter’s real passion is collecting books. He has a special interest in medieval history, the physical sciences and science fiction. He has been studying the physical sciences with the Open University for a number of years and is keen to encourage the teaching of science in local schools
  • he is a longstanding Charlton fan