Cllr Gary James has been elected mayor of Wellington to succeed Cllr Bob Bowrah who has stepped down after his year in office. Gary has lived in the local area since 1975 and Wellington itself since 1989 with his wife Birgit and two sons. He was formerly a town councillor for Wellington East 2003-06 but did not seek re-election due to work commitments.
Gary has served in the Army (Airborne) for 11 years. After leaving the Army he worked for the H M Government for 23 years. On leaving the Government he then retrained and worked for the Nuclear Industry in a managerial capacity for 13 years. On leaving the nuclear Industry Gary returned to work for the H M Government overseas for 4 years.
On retirement he has decided to re-enter politics to try to make a difference on the issues the community encounters. Gary now represents the residents of Wellington East on the Wellington Town Council and Taunton Deane Councils.
He currently assists in a youth programme for Ten Tors Training. Gary’s sporting passion is squash where he has played at International and County Levels. He enjoys gardening and takes great pleasure in looking after the grandchildren and keeping abreast of current affairs.