Mayor of Bournemouth

The Charter Mayor of Bournemouth is Councillor David Kelsey.

 Bournemouth mayor

About Councillor David Kelsey

Born in Portsmouth in 1960, David was one of nine children (four boys and five girls) all of whom attended the same school with several of them there at the same time, which was a nightmare for the teachers.

David left school in 1976 and within two days of doing so, he joined the British Army to start a job he had wanted to do since the age of eight. Having completed a tour of Northern Ireland he then spent several years stationed in Germany before leaving the Army in 1983.

Returning to civvy street he worked in a restaurant until he came to Bournemouth one Friday night for a weekend out and never went home again, having found a flat and a job by the Monday evening!

David then worked in the nightclub industry until 2007, when he first stood for election in the East Cliff and Springbourne ward where he has been returned three times since.  David Chairs the Planning Board and was Vice-Chair on Licensing from 2011 to 2019 and still sits on it now.  As well as being a member of the Overview and Scrutiny Board, he spent several years as the Equality and Diversity Champion.  He now holds the post of Armed Forces Champion helping to ensure that veterans in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area are well looked after.

David suffered from type one diabetes from the age of 27 and was very ill prior to receiving a life-changing double transplant of a kidney and pancreas in 2007, for which he will always be immensely grateful.

David’s spare time is taken up with following his boyhood football team, cake-making, and his love of helping to organise running events, discovering new tortuous routes for people to challenge themselves on.  He has been known to actually run one or two himself, although these days, he does more walking - including a marathon distance around Bournemouth pier. He has also set himself a challenge of 1,000,000 steps in September to raise funds for prostate cancer.

Mayor's charity support

Councillor David Kelsey is not supporting specific charities but will be happy to help all in any way he can.

How to contact the mayor

You can contact the Mayor by email at

Deputy Mayor

The Deputy Mayor of Bournemouth is Councillor Susan Phillips.