Title: Cabinet Member for Planning Policy & City Development
Party: Liberal Democrat
Political grouping: Liberal Democrat
Ward: St Jude
Other councillors representing this Ward:
Every Thursday at Southsea Library, Palmerston Road from 4.15pm to 5.30pm.
No appointment needed.
32 Chelsea Road
Phone: 023 9281 6794
COUNCILLOR HUGH MASON BIOGRAPHY
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.