The Right Worshipful the Mayor of St Albans City and District, Councillor Rosemary Farmer

Mayor Rosemary FarmerCouncillor Rosemary Farmer was made the 475th Mayor of the City and District of St Albans for the year 2018/19 at the Annual Council meeting on 23 May 2018.

Rosemary’s theme for her year in office as Mayor is ‘Serving and caring for all in our community’. She cares deeply about mental health issues and has chosen Mind in Mid Herts as her charity for the year. 

Her consort during in her year as Mayor is her sister-in-law, Susan Farmer. 

Rosemary has been a District Councillor for Harpenden East Ward since 2012. She has sat on the Council’s Audit Committee, the Planning (Development Control) Committee North and St Albans Health & Wellbeing Partnership, which she has also chaired. In addition, Rosemary has served on the Rothamsted Park Management Committee and the Audit Committee’s Working Group. 

Rosemary is also a Councillor for Harpenden Town Council and has represented Harpenden East in this capacity since 2007. During this period, she has served as Mayor of Harpenden on three occasions.

Rosemary spent most of her happy childhood as a post-war baby in the beautiful Chilterns, living in Great Missenden, with her parents, Renée and Eric, and her twin brother Derek. From a very early age, she was brought up with public service ethics and values. Rosemary attended Pipers Corner School and from there went to the University of Leeds to read English Language and Literature.

Rosemary was one of the first women banking executives in The City of London where she worked for some 25 years, both as an investment and corporate commercial banker. During her time in The City, Rosemary travelled extensively on business in the United States of America and Europe.

In 1999, Rosemary set up her own consultancy. She worked mainly with economic development agencies in the UK and USA, focusing on developing high tech and biotechnology sectors in deprived areas to aid economic regeneration.

In the same year, Rosemary moved with her mother to Harpenden to be near to her brother Derek and his family. 

Three years later in 2002, Rosemary changed careers and began working for the Hertfordshire Joint Commissioning Partnership, between Hertfordshire County Council and the National Health Service organisations. This provided Rosemary with an easier work-life balance while caring for her mother Renée. 

Following the deaths of her mother and brother in 2006, Rosemary decided to become more actively involved in life in Harpenden, becoming a Town Councillor in 2007. She has also been a school governor, Chairman of the Harpenden Day Centre Association and Chairman of Druglink Ltd. Currently, Rosemary is a Trustee of Druglink, a member of The Harpenden Trust Care Fund Committee and a Trustee of Harpenden Connect, otherwise known as the Harpenden Hopper. She is also an appointed Governor of the Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.

When time allows, Rosemary takes a keen interest in archaeology and history and enjoys the theatre, especially Shakespeare. She is also a great lover of classical music and an avid reader.

Date of last review: 24 May 2018