The Sheriff

Cllr Jane Mercer

Councillor Jane Mercer Sheriff of Chester

Councillor Jane Mercer Sheriff of Chester

Councillor Jane Mercer was born in Leicester, went to school in Derby and Preston, and moved to live in Chester in 1983.

She spent four years at King’s College London, achieving an honours degree in English followed by a PGCE. Her first teaching post was at Staffordshire’s first purpose- built comprehensive school on the outskirts of Wolverhampton.

During this time she married and, with two young children, became involved in adult education, teaching evening and daytime classes. Finding that she was well suited to teaching adults, she returned to university at Liverpool and was awarded a post graduate diploma in adult education from the Institute of Extension Studies.

Her career was spent in further education colleges as a lecturer in post-16 teacher training, as a regional moderator for City and Guilds and later as a senior manager responsible for community education.

Jane was elected to represent the then Curzon ward in Chester in 1996, and re-elected to serve Lache Park after ward re-organisation, completing 10 years as a member of Chester City Council until the introduction of the unitary authority Cheshire West and Chester in 20016.

During that time she chaired Community Services and the Employment Board and further developed her interest in education, health, equality and diversity and quality assurance. Although working full time whilst serving as an elected member was demanding, Jane feels that the focus on involvement in community work meant that the experience and skills gained were of benefit in both roles.

She has been a school governor for the last 15 years, has chaired the advisory panel of a local children’s centre, and is currently Chair of Lache Community Development Trust.

Jane enjoys spending as much time as possible with her son and daughter and their spouses, and thoroughly enjoys the company of her three grandsons, Joe, Lucas and Milo.

She is fond of walking and the countryside, and especially the west highlands of Scotland. She has been a regular visitor to the Isle of Mull for the last fifty years.

Her other interests are reading, theatre and travel; she has longstanding friends in the USA, Germany and Sardinia and is committed to strengthening the Council’s European contacts.