Francis Guidera first elected to represent Tilgate ward in 2015 and was re-elected in 2019. He was born at Crawley Hospital in 1975 and attended St Francis primary, Notre Dame middle and St Wilfrid’s secondary schools.
He worked as a residential volunteer for HCPT in Lourdes, France on leaving St Wilfrid’s School and has been involved in many charities and fundraising efforts ever since. He served on the PTA for St Francis School for several years and has organised and helped with many charity fundraisers in Crawley over the years.
Councillor Guidera previously worked for DEBRA, a charity with a fundraising shop in Crawley that raises money to help those with the life-limiting genetic condition E.B., and now works at Crawley Open House as a support worker.He has been a leading musician in the Crawley Catholic parish for decades, known by many for his guitar playing. He is married to Andrea and they have four children; two sons with special educational needs and two daughters.
The Mayor’s charities for 2020-2021 is the Manor Green College.
Manor Green College is a dynamic and inspirational West Sussex secondary school for students between the ages of 11-19 who experience a wide range of learning difficulties. The college actively promotes strong personal and community values helping students to live happy, productive and successful lives.
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Councillor Shahzad Malik is Deputy Mayor for 2020-2021.