Mayor's Office

Mayor and Deputy Mayor

At the Council's AGM on Monday 1 June 2020 a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor were elected for Mid and East Antrim to serve for the 2020/21 period.

Mayor Councillor Peter Johnston

Peter Johnston has lived in Mid and East Antrim all his life and as a proud “Carrick man” is looking forward to serving as Mayor. 

Graduating from Queens in 2011 with a BSc in Business Information Technology, Peter went on to obtain a MSc in Marketing from the University of Ulster. He has spent his career in international business within the manufacturing and power generation sector and has worked throughout the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa. With this experience, Peter is keen to support the local manufacturing industry and look for opportunities to bring advanced manufacturing jobs and business to the borough.

Peter has taken a year out from work and made commitment to serve everyone in the borough during this term.

“As a family man with two young children, I also recognise the difficulties that many households will face as we recover from this pandemic. I will ensure that my tenure as Mayor will be utilised to help and support those who need it most at this time.”

Peter is also keen to show case the world famous coastline at Mid and East Antrim that welcomes tourists from all over the world.

“Tourism is at the heart of our borough, with award winning hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions – this is a place I am proud to call home.”

This year, Mid and East Antrim will celebrate the centenary of Northern Ireland and Peter has committed to doing this in style!

“This momentous occasion should be enjoyed by everyone and will be a good opportunity for us to remark on the progress we have made as a country and as a Borough.”

As Mayor, Peter has decided to focus his term on three key areas:

  • Recognition - for all those who have volunteered in support of their local community during the Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Recovery – support for business and tourism as we transition to a new ‘normal’
  • Celebration – marking the Centenary of Northern Ireland

 

Deputy Mayor Councillor Andrew Wilson

Cllr Wilson lives in Carrickfergus and serves as a Governor at two primary schools in addition to volunteering as a Boys’ Brigade officer. He is a keen sports fan.

Andrew has served in Local Government since 2011.  He holds a Masters in Law from Queens University Belfast and works at the Northern Ireland Assembly.  He is a member of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership and supports the rule of law within our Borough.

Andrew is community orientated and aims to play his part in supporting our Borough through – and out of – the Coronavirus pandemic. He looks forward to working right across Mid and East Antrim during his year in office.