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Born and bred in Wrexham, North Wales, qualified social worker and former regional manager for the National Care Standards Commission, Councillor Pearson moved to St Helens in 1968 to begin work as a social worker for Liverpool City Council.
His career in social work, spanning over a 35 year period, saw Councillor Pearson work for a number of other local authorities before joining the National Care Standards Commission in year 2002.
He retired from work in 2004.
Councillor Pearson is married to wife, Sylvia, who will be at his side throughout his civic year as she takes on the role as Mayoress. The couple have two children, Rachel and Christopher.
Elected to the council in 2007, Councillor Pearson sits on the governing committees at both Garswood Primary School and Billinge Chapel End Primary School – and given his vast experience in the field, has chaired the council’s Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Panel.
Looking ahead to his year in office, Councillor Pearson said: “It’s a great honour to be named Mayor of St Helens and to represent the fine people of the borough.
“Sylvia and I are thoroughly looking forward to the next 12 months as we look to get out into the community to witness first-hand the fantastic work that goes on in our town for the benefit of others.”
For his Mayoral Charity in the year ahead, Councillor Pearson has chosen St Helens Mind - an independent, user focused service for local people who are experiencing isolation and distress due to mental ill health.