Guide to the Office of Mayor
The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor William McCaughey
Councillor William McCaughey has lived and worked in Mid and East Antrim all his life. He is looking forward to serving the people of Mid and East Antrim as their Mayor.
Having previously owned and managed his family’s community pharmacy business, he is acutely aware of how difficult it has been for local business during the Covid-19 pandemic. He is dedicating his term of office to helping the economic recovery of the Borough. He states “During my term in office, every opportunity will be taken to promote as many local businesses across Mid and East Antrim whenever the opportunities arise.”
In addition, Cllr McCaughey recognises the need to address the many significant health issues, which have also arisen due to the pandemic. He wishes to offer his assistance, at every given opportunity, to those worse affected over the past 18 months.
Specifically, his focus will be on:
- Sustainability, and survival, of existing businesses, whilst maintaining workforce physical and mental health, in combination with business support.
- Growth and development of new business opportunities, by provision of support to those who have diversified and grown as a result of the pandemic.
Originally from Broughshane, Cllr McCaughey commenced his working life as a mechanical engineer in Gallaher Ltd at Lisnafillan. After 22 years of happy service, he left the company in order to manage his own business, a rural community pharmacy in Kells & Connor. Alongside his wife Gillian, a pharmacist for 32 years, they served the communities there until retirement in November 2020.
Before and after retirement, Cllr McCaughey has served his local community as a councillor since his election in 2014.
As a father of two daughters, he is very aware of the challenges faced today by the younger generation. Over his period in office, he aspires to promote opportunities, and encourage educational achievement at all levels, for the youth of the Borough.
He is determined to showcase the Borough on a wider stage. He says: “As we emerge from the long periods of lockdown, I am keen to see Mid and East Antrim promoted globally, as a holiday destination worthy of a long stay visit. With a warm and friendly welcome, a breathtaking coastline with world class attractions, everyone should visit and enjoy all that is on offer.”
Cllr McCaughey has selected the NI Hospice, and the Royal Irish Benevolent Fund, as his chosen charities for this incoming year.
The NI Hospice is a charity delivering symptom management, end of life palliative care, specialist rehabilitation and respite care for babies, children and adults across Northern Ireland.
The Royal Irish Regiment have very strong connections with the Borough, and through their benevolent fund, support those veterans who have previously served our country. adults across Northern Ireland.