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Mayor of Poole

The Charter Mayor of Poole is Councillor Tony Trent.

Mayor of Poole 2022

About Councillor Tony Trent

Tony was born and brought up in Poole. Educated locally at St. Aldhelms Primary and Kemp Welch Secondary Schools, Tony has lived in Poole (mainly Wallisdown) for all but 3 months of his life. He has worked in a variety of jobs including stores, on a production line, stocktaking, warehouse work, and in retail. His main priority however has always been his Councillor role and the area he represents.

He was first elected to the then newly created ward of Alderney (Poole Borough Council) in 1983, representing it until 1995, and then from 1996 to 2015. He was re-elected in 2019 to represent the expanded new ward of Alderney & Bourne Valley, now part of BCP Council. He is keen on what has recently been called “localism”, has supported various local projects and the creation of community groups within his ward, as well as fighting to preserve the unique local environment in that part of Poole.

During his unplanned year off as Councillor in 1995, besides working a night shift, Tony got together a group of people who created the Poole Music Festival – which ran in various formats for 5 years. Tony has a passion for a wide range of music – from punk to classical, and lots of genres in-between.

As Mayor, Tony hopes to promote the identity of Poole and it’s 774 year recorded history, at the same time engaging young people in the town they will inherit. He wants to support and encourage community engagement and volunteering, as well as doing what he can to support broad based youth provision.

During his municipal year Tony will be promoting and lending his support to Poole-based homelessness charity Routes to Roots and other local charities that support youth facilities across Poole, in particular those that help less advantaged young people.

Tony is looking forward to his year as Mayor of Poole, with his Mayoress Anne, and hopes to make a positive difference by the end of it.

How to contact the mayor

You can contact the mayor by email at

Mayor’s Award

The Mayor's Award scheme provides you with an opportunity to nominate individuals, who have made an outstanding contribution to the community in Poole (whilst acting in a voluntary capacity). They might have:

  • raised an outstanding amount for charity
  • performed an act of great bravery or self-sacrifice
  • organised a major one-off community event
  • sustained commitment and active service over several years
  • achieved something really special. 

Make a nomination for the Mayor’s Award

The award will be presented by a member of the civic party at a suitable occasion.

Deputy Mayor

The Deputy Mayor of Poole is Councillor Julie Bagwell.