Councillor Hugh Mason

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Title: Cabinet Member for Planning Policy & City Development

Party: Liberal Democrat

Political grouping: Liberal Democrat

Ward: St Jude

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Surgery details

Every Thursday at Southsea Library, Palmerston Road from 4:15pm to 5:30pm.

No appointment needed.

Contact information

Home address: 
32 Chelsea Road

Phone:  023 9281 6794 (Home)


Bus. phone:  023 9283 4936 (Office)

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Committee appointments

Terms of Office

  • 10/04/2004 - 01/05/2008
  • 01/05/2008 - 03/05/2012
  • 03/05/2012 - 05/05/2016
  • 05/05/2016 - 06/05/2021
  • 06/05/2021 - 02/05/2024
  • 02/05/2024 - 04/05/2028

Appointments to outside bodies

Additional Information


Born 10th August 1941

Grew up in south east London.


Educated: Bedonwell County Primary School, Erith Grammar School, St John‘s College Cambridge University (MA), University College of Swansea (PhD).


Career employment: University of Portsmouth (and its former names) 1968 to date, Lecturer, later Principal Lecturer, currently Associate Lecturer in economic geography. Governor 1985 – 1999. Temporary employments at Economic Associates Ltd, Lakehead University, Temple University etc.


Trade Union activity: Association of Polytechnic Teachers, Assistant National Secretary 1979 - 1997; Association of University Teachers, National Executive Member 1997-98 & 1999-2005.


Consultant: Eastern & Southern Africa Universities‘ Research Programme - research, consultancy, writing books and articles, conference facilitator.


Church activity: member of Portsmouth Diocesan Synod 1981 to date, Lay President of Diocesan Synod 1998 - 2007, Lay Canon of Portsmouth Cathedral 2006 to date.


Political activity: Secretary & Agent Portsmouth South Liberal Party 1974 - 1984, stood as candidate for City Council 1976 and frequently thereafter, elected Southsea Town Council 1999 to 2010, elected Portsmouth City Council 2004 to date.


Councillor roles: Chair of Southsea Town Council 1999-2000 and 2001-2003, City Council - Executive Member for Education 2006-2007, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure 2007, Executive Member for Housing 2007-2008, Cabinet Member for Resources and Deputy Leader of Council 2008 to May 2014.


External appointments: Southern Region Flood Defence Committee,   Honor Waite Almshouse Trust and the Kings Theatre Trust.


Other activity: Nile Book Service Ltd, director, 1988-2008; Joshua FM radio station, Katakwi District, Uganda - director and part owner 2006 to date; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society; Member Royal Institute of Philosophy.


Personal: married to Dinah Grace Akello 1983, four stepsons, enjoys hill walking, travel, theatre, music, good beer and good company.


Addresses: 32 Chelsea Road, Southsea, Hants., PO5 1NJ; Joshua Compound, Abela Rock, Katakwi, Uganda.