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Deputy Lord Mayor

Councillor Wendy Fitzgerald.

Deputy Lord Mayor - Councillor Wendy Fitzgerald.

Wendy was born in a small village in north Cornwall within sight of the sea. She attended the grammar school in the neighbouring town and then headed to Exeter University reading Sociology and specialising in social anthropology. She recalls that her Finals involved nine, three hour papers, far more than in any other subject. Thus, while everyone else was throwing off the examination shackles she was still cloistered in a room endlessly scribbling while the sounds of celebrations could be heard clearly through open windows.

Some teaching in Surrey and London followed and she then joined the British Airports Authority working in HR. That was followed by a short period in New Zealand also working in HR. Whilst in London she met her husband, Tony, and following their marriage, they spent a further year in the capital whilst he undertook a Master's degree.

It was then back to Swansea, Tony's home town, and buying a home in Penllergaer. Two children followed, a daughter, Dr Annelie Fitzgerald who is an academic working for many years in universities in France and a son Robert living in London, an aspiring writer with a 10 year old son.

Wendy soon became involved in the community life of Penllergaer and was PTA secretary for several years. She was also one of the founder members of the Ladies Guild which is still flourishing today.

When their children were older Wendy did some occasional teaching on language courses and found this fitted in well with her home life. She gradually became more involved in this line of work and eventually set up her own language school focusing on courses for small groups and one-to-one teaching and cooperating primarily with Sweden. This involved frequent visits to Stockholm, its universities, government departments and private companies.

Husband Tony was chairman of Penllergaer Community Council for a number of years so Wendy did not become a Community Councillor until 2001, well after Tony had resigned because of job commitments taking him out of Swansea during the working week. It was after her experiences as a community councillor that she took the decision to stand for the Penllergaer ward in the City and County elections in 2004. Not wanting to be aligned to any specific political party, she stood as an Independent and has remained as such ever since. Looking after the interests of all residents in Penllergaer has always been her number one priority and this has brought huge challenges due particularly to the rapid expansion of Penllergaer following new housing developments.

Wendy remains a community councillor and is currently a governor at Penllergaer Primary School and Pontardulais Comprehensive. She is also on the Board of the Penllergaer Trust, responsible for all that takes place in Penllergare Woods and Garden.

Several years ago she set up an icing and knitting group which has now become Penllergaer Crafters. This meets weekly to participate in a creative activity usually led by talented members within the group. She is a member of both Ladies Guild and a very large and active Gardening Club, with gardening being one of her leisure interests.

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Last modified on 17 May 2024