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Mayor of Fareham - 2023/2024The Mayor, Councillor Fred Birkett and Mayoress, Mrs. Lisa Birkett

Councillor Fred Birkett

Fred has lived in Fareham for over 20 years. He first became a Councillor for Fareham North-West in 2016 and also served as a County Councillor for Fareham Town Division for four years, from 2016 to 2020.

Born in Cornwall, where he met his wife, Lisa, Fred joined the Royal Navy in 1992.  Their first child, Alexander, was born in 1990 and their second child, Maria, followed in in 1995.  A year later the family moved to Gibraltar for a four-year tour of duty; they returned in 2000.

Throughout Fred's Naval career he served on Destroyer and Frigate class vessels, and served on the ground in Gibraltar, the Middle East and the Falklands.  The last few years of his Naval career were spent locally at HMS Collingwood.  Both Alexander and Maria attended Fareham schools before moving on to secondary school and University.

On leaving the Royal Navy Fred, Lisa and family decided to settle within Fareham as they felt very much at home there.  Before long Fred became interested in understanding how local issues were agreed and services provided. This led to him running for the borough elections and being elected for the Fareham NW ward.  In 2016 Fred completed the London Marathon and raised money for local Fareham Charities.

Fred works for L3Harris ASV based in Portchester, building Autonomous vessels for both military and commercial customers.  Their largest built vessel is for Mine Hunting operations and is being provided to both the Royal Navy and French Navy.

Lisa will be supporting Fred as the Mayoress and has worked in the NHS for over twenty years.

Fred is a keen rugby enthusiast, having played during and post his naval career.  Nowadays he is a keen supporter both within the stadia and from the armchair.  Having taken part in ten RN Field Gun competitions he still looks forward to the annual Collingwood open day.

The Mayor's charities for 2023-24 will be Sophie's Legacy and Veterans Outreach Support.





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