Councillor Jim Shorrock
Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council 2019/2020
Jim was born in December 1958 at Queens Park Hospital, Blackburn. He is the eldest of three sons born to Maureen and Jim, with his younger brothers John and Paul coming along in 1961 and 1963 respectively. His early years were spent being educated in Accrington and Preston. On leaving school, Jim worked at G.E.C. Engineering in Clayton-le-Moors, before joining the R.A.F. in 1979, serving six years as a steward working in officers and Senior N.C.O’s Messes, and on V.I.P. and royal functions.
Having been brought up in the licensed trade from a young age, Jim then pursued a career running several public houses in the borough, including The Horseshoe in Darwen, The Globe Inn and The Courts Hotel.
Jim served as treasurer and chair of Daniel Thwaites Tenants Association in the mid 1990’s, and as a member of Blackburn Licensed Victuallers as well as North-West parliamentary representative for the Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations. In 2001, Jim then took up a new career with ISS Facility Services Ltd serving in several job roles, including most recently as a training manager.
In 2004, Jim was elected to the Council, representing Shadsworth with Whitebirk Ward, and more recently Blackburn Southeast (Labour Party), holding several positions including Chair of Policy and Corporate Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee for most of that time. He also serves as a school governor for both Shadsworth Infants and Junior schools. 2012 saw Jim achieving the title of Fellow of the British Institute of Innkeeping, recognising his many years in the licensed trade.
Jim is looking forward to his Mayoral year, ably accompanied by his Consort Mark and Mayoress Linda.