The Deputy Mayor of St Albans City and District, Councillor Jamie Day

DeputyMayor 2017-18Councillor Jamie Day was made Deputy Mayor for 2017/18 on 24 May 2017. Jamie will be supported by his wife Liz who takes on the role of Deputy Mayoress.
Jamie has served as a District Councillor for Colney Heath ward since 2006. He also represented the Hill End area on Colney Heath Parish Council from 2000 to 2015, taking on the role of Chair twice during this period.
Jamie has lived in St Albans since 1983, but hails from Portsmouth, where his father’s side of the family lived for some generations. His great uncle was Lord Mayor of Portsmouth in 1956.
Jamie was raised in Hambledon, a small village in Hampshire’s Meon Valley perhaps best known as the birthplace of modern cricket. This rural background helped him develop an interest in farming from an early age, despite the family business being housebuilding.
Jamie studied for a degree in agriculture at Reading University before spending a few years farming in the UK and in the United States. It was while working on a farm near Cambridge that he met Liz. After their marriage in 1984, the couple lived in the Fleetville area of the City for a few years before moving to Tyttenhanger Green. They have two sons.
In 1983, Jamie began lecturing at the then Hertfordshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture, now Oaklands College’s Smallford Campus. He specialised in pig production and farm management as well as teaching general agricultural subjects. In 1990, he went to work for the British Pig Association, a trade body then based at Watford. This was followed five years later by a stint working for a larger agricultural trade association with a head office in Whitehall. Jamie helped raise the profile of the interests of association member companies at Westminster and Brussels. Redundancy in 2000 saw a move into agricultural journalism as editor of a specialist industry magazine for a corporate publisher in London. Jamie then had the opportunity to take over the title when he set up his own independent small publishing business three years ago.
Jamie first became interested in local politics when the pleasant Tyttenhanger environment was threatened by a gravel extraction proposal in the late 1990s. This led to him standing for Colney Heath Parish Council and later the District Council.
Jamie has served on the management committee of the Charles Morris Hall in Tyttenhanger for many years. He is also a trustee of the Highfield Park Trust, which manages the green spaces around the Highfield estate, built on the former Hill End and Cell Barnes hospital sites. Professionally, he is on the council of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists.
Jamie is a member of the South Herts branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), and was involved in organising the first St Albans Beer Festival in 1996. Although a lifelong Pompey (Portsmouth Football Club) fan, he still finds time to occasionally watch the Saints (St Albans City Football Club) at Clarence Park.
Date of last review: 05 June 2017