Gwen is very proud that she is Batley born 'n' bred, born September 1958 in Batley Maternity Home.
Gwen's first school was Manorfield Infants, then Staincliffe Junior School, followed by Batley Girls' Grammar School 1970-77. She proudly admits that she still has her school scarf, beret (complete with Prefect tassel), hymn book and Bible. At the age of 50 she gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Modernisation - you're never too old to study!
She has worked night shifts at Dewsbury District Hospital for over 27 years as an Accident & Emergency Receptionist.
Gwen was very honoured to be first elected in Batley West in 2006 and thoroughly enjoys her role. For many years she was the Chair of both the Area and District Committees. She has sat on many different committees and panels which have included WYCA Transport, Planning, and Community Safety Scrutiny. Her main passions are Environmental and Community Safety so is very passionate about her long standing position as Chair of the Batley Neighbourhood Management Group.
Gwen is involved in many local activities and groups and loves getting her hands dirty – including wading in wellies in a millpond. She is Chair of The Friends of Batley Railway Station which she set up with the late Jo Cox MP. She is also Vice Chair of The Friends of Staincliffe Park where she spent many happy hours as a child.
Gwen's family are the most important people in her life and is always in awe of their amazing support to her. Gwen has been married to Ken for over eight years. She has a daughter Ashleigh, son Joseph and David her older brother. On March 1st this year Gwen was over the moon when Ashleigh and Nick had their first child Max – Gwen's first grandchild and first great grandchild for her mum Margaret.
"Me Time" is something Gwen doesn’t get much of but when she does she loves being with her family, long walks with her daft dog Bentley, narrow boating with Ken, reading, gardening and eating carrot cake.
Gwen really loves meeting people, hearing and seeing what they are doing and is so looking forward to taking on her duties as part of the Mayoral team. It was Gwen’s "little girl's dream" to be the Mayor of Batley, so it's an even greater honour to have been nominated for this role to represent not just Batley but the whole of Kirklees Council.
TThe Deputy Mayor of Kirklees and her Consort, Councillor Gwen Lowe and Ken Lowe