Introducing the Mayor and Mayoress
Councillor Charles Keith and Mrs Grace Keith
Born in Kirkthorpe in 1952, Charles attended Warmfield Non-Primary School followed by Normanton Secondary Modern School. Aged 15 he became an indentured apprentice gas fitter at the then North Eastern Gas Board, and was fully qualified by the age of 21. During this time he became the youngest fitter on the emergency out of hours response team for the Gas Board, dealing with gas escapes. Charles joined Wakefield Council in 1975 and worked there until 1979 when he became self-employed as a registered gas fitter, which he is to this day.
Charles has been active in the community for many years. He has volunteered at Pontefract and Pinderfields Hospitals as well as for BBC TV in many Children in Need projects. It is this experience that has led to Charles being requested to act as a Master of Ceremonies and DJ at many charity events.
He has been a school governor for over 30 years serving in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors including terms as Chairman of the Governing body.
This commitment to the community and being inspired by the late President John F Kennedy drew Charles into local politics. He was a Member of Featherstone Town Council from 1991 to 1995 and in 2011 he was elected as a Member of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council representing Ward 21, Wrenthorpe & Outwood West. Charles serves on the Adults Services, Public Health and the NHS Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
Outside of his community involvement, Charles’ interests include pop music, with frequent appearances as a DJ and a love of football which he played regularly. He is also a supporter of Liverpool FC.
A proud family man, Charles has a son (Iain), a daughter (Jacqui) and two grand-daughters (Lucy and Alexandra). Lucy has supported Charles as his Deputy Mayoress on several occasions during his year as Deputy Mayor.
Charles is married to Grace, who works as a Service Centre Manager for the West Yorkshire Pension Fund.
Grace was born in St James’ Hospital, Leeds and has lived most of her life in Kirkhamgate, where her father still resides.
Grace went to Rothwell Grammar School before attending Wakefield College to study Business Studies.
From college Grace joined the then West Yorkshire County Council at County Hall, Wakefield in a temporary role within the Pensions Department. Grace has progressed through this profession and has become recognised as an experienced senior manager at the West Yorkshire Pension Fund working in Bradford.
Grace’s leisure time is spent gardening, sewing and completing crosswords. She also has an eclectic taste in music.
An admirable choice for Mayor and Mayoress, Charles and Grace are both honoured and privileged to serve the District and its people.