Proud to represent her family, proud of her heritage and proud to be the first citizen of her home borough. It is clear to see why Councillor Yvonne Klieve is extremely honoured to be the Mayor of Wigan Borough for 2021-22.
Before becoming an elected member in 2008, Cllr Klieve was already involved in her community and a strong advocate for partnership working. It was her participation with the Golborne Youth and Community Group that inspired her to stand in the local elections.
Amongst other functions, the organisation hosted a popular youth club and the committee held regular fun-days for local families. It is no surprise therefore that, alongside her mayoral duties, she is now at the forefront of a Wigan Council campaign to champion our borough’s unique community spirit.
Our Town is all about fostering the pride residents have for their local areas, something Cllr Klieve knows all about. Born in Golborne, her family moved to Platt Bridge when she was a three-year old but she returned in 1980 when she bought her first home. The town – where she has now lived for a total of 57 years - is ‘where her heart is’. Her family are from a proud mining background, like so many across our borough, and she remains involved with the Golborne Ex-Miners Committee.
A former pupil of Holy Family Primary School in Platt Bridge and then St Edmund Arrowsmith High School in Ashton-in-Makerfield, it was a job at Woolworths that sparked a passion for working in the retail sector. Having met her husband Mark after applying for a job at his motor parts business, the couple have been married for 24 years and have five children: Leanne, Craig, Ben, Megan and Kiara. They are also very proud grandparents to Joshua and Harper.
Yvonne’s work involved being Lead member for District Centres and the Night-Time Economy. Yvonne’s work as a councillor involves supporting initiatives such as Our Town that will boost the economy and hospitality sector. She has also been a school governor for 14 years and enjoys being involved in educational improvement schemes and helping to give children the best start in life. In recent years, alongside ward colleagues, she has established another youth club in her hometown that is also proving to be a popular outlet for young people on a Friday evening.