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Mayor of Bournemouth

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The Charter Mayor of Bournemouth is Councillor Anne Filer.

Councillor Anne Filer has always lived in Bournemouth and really loves this beautiful city by the sea.

Back in 1999, anxious to play a part in shaping the future development of her home town, Anne was elected as a councillor for the East Cliff & Springbourne Ward and really enjoys serving the residents of the ward she represents.

Anne served as Mayoress to her husband, Michael, when he was Mayor of Bournemouth in 1984 and subsequently served herself as Mayor in 2007/2008, making history by being the first couple in Bournemouth to have each served as Mayor.

A mother of four children and grandmother to lots, Anne has always been very active and has served on a variety of communal associations and charity committees. She is currently a member of the Executive Committee of Bournemouth’s Twinning Association, organising official visits to Bournemouth’s Twin Town of Netanya in Israel.

She is an Associate Member of the Institute of Linguists, a keen quizzer, a season ticket holder at AFC Bournemouth and loves gardening, winning an Award in the Bournemouth in Bloom Competition. She and Michael are both competitive Bridge players and love to travel.

Anne’s main love and passion is the town of Bournemouth - in her opinion the best and happiest place to live in the British Isles.

How to contact the mayor

You can contact the Mayor by email at

Mayor's Consort

The Mayor's Consort is Michael Filer.

Michael Filer was born in Portsmouth in 1939 and was educated at Clifton College in Bristol. After qualifying as an accountant, he was head-hunted by Alfa Romeo (GB) Limited and became their Chief Accountant.

Michael married Anne and settled in Bournemouth, in practice as a chartered accountant for 36 years before his retirement.

Michael served as a Bournemouth councillor for a total of 34 years. He held Office as Mayor of Bournemouth in 1984/85 – the year that the Bournemouth International Centre was opened.

A keen sportsman, Michael played cricket for many years – including playing at Lords. He regularly plays tennis and table tennis, as well as competitive Bridge with Anne, and both are ranked as Advanced Masters with the English Bridge Union. Michael also supports the Hampshire County Cricket Club and is a season ticket holder with AFC Bournemouth Football Club – The Cherries.

In 2019 Michael was made an Honorary Freeman of Bournemouth and an Honorary Alderman in recognition of his 34 years’ service to the Town.

Deputy Mayor of Bournemouth

The Deputy Mayor of Bournemouth is Councillor George Farquhar.

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