About the Mayor and Deputy Mayor
Mayor of the London Borough of Bromley - biography
Councillor Russell L. Mellor of Copers Cope ward was elected Mayor of Bromley for 2021-2022, at the annual meeting of the council on 19 May 2021.
Russell’s interest in politics resulted in his joining the Young Conservatives of North Lewisham in 1959. The first political campaign was to seek the election of Christopher Chataway to the North Lewisham parliamentary seat which was achieved with success in two elections.
The Mayor has been a resident of Beckenham since 1962 living in the Copers Cope Ward for which he has been an active Councillor since 1988. Russell has two sons both of whom were educated at schools within the Copers Cope Ward.
Russell is a freeman of the City of London. He is also a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers and a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Distillers.
He was educated at Kilmorie School, Regent Street Polytechnic and the Open University gaining a BA Honours degree in humanities majoring in art history. Russell’s professional qualifications are that he is a member of if the Institute of Marketing; a fellow of the Institute of Directors and holder of a Diploma for Wines and Spirits.
His business activity encompassed two main areas. He was the senior partner of a firm that specialised in designing, manufacturing and installing aluminium curtain walling for commercial and industrial buildings. The second enterprise was the creation of a wine shipping business, importing wines from the old world under his registered brands of ‘Mellor’s’ and ‘College’.
The Mayor’s leisure activities are very much involved with the countryside being a horseman, hiker and shooter.