Name: Roger Mace

Marital status/children: Married to Joyce: two sons and one daughter.

Home: Halton Road, Nether Kellet.

Job outside council (if any): Former activities have included being an academic at Lancaster University (1976-1997), a Chartered Accountant, an author, a publisher, a company director, an Honorary Professor of Tax, Accounting and Finance at a University in China, and the founder of my own business as a designer and writer of computer software.

Education and professional training: Foundation Scholar at Solihull School, University of Bristol (B.A.), London School of Economics (M.Sc.), Price Waterhouse (F.C.A).

Political Background and Activities: A follower of Conservative politics since early schooldays, I was Vice Chairman of The Bow Group (1971) and a Founder Member of Morecambe and Lunesdale Conservative Association. I represented Kellet Ward on Lancaster City Council from 1999 to 2019, where I was Leader of the Conservative Group from May 2006 to May 2010, Leader of the Council from May 2007 to February 2009 and one of the two Conservatives in the City's Cabinet (then of ten members) from May 2007 to March 2010. I chaired the Standards Committee from May 2013 to May 2015, having twice been elected to the post by my fellow City Councillors.

For many years, I was an active member of the City's Scrutiny Committees, calling the executive to account for their decisions whenever necessary. I was a member of the small group responsible for the modernisation of the City Council's Constitution in 2018-19.

Interests: Voluntary activities have included being a School Governor, Treasurer of a local charity [The North Lancashire Counselling Service], a Parish Councillor at Nether Kellet for 12 years, and a founder member of the local environmental group EPIK [Environmental Protection in Kellet] and of The Kellets Twinning Committee. For a time, I was Chair of The Friends of Lancaster City Museum - www.facebook.com/FOLCM - and am currently their Vice Patron.

Hobbies: Visiting historic places at home and abroad, photography, travel, family history and collecting illustrated antiquarian books. I am a member of Lunesdale Camera Club.

Likes: Family life, eating and drinking when I can, and participating in productive discussion.

Dislikes: People who intimidate others and people who never display a sense of humour.

Political Heroes: In chronological order: John Dee, sixteenth century mathematician, astrologer, book collector and adviser in the Court of Queen Elizabeth, for his contribution to the development of navigation and of Britain's international trade; John Lilburne, seventeenth century pamphleteer and political prisoner, for his campaign in support of the rights of the common man; and William Pitt the younger, for his career as Britain's youngest-ever Prime Minister and for his successful defence of Britain's independence.

Pros of being on council: When a council member, I appreciated having the chance to represent common sense views on issues affecting local people, the local environment and the quality of life in the district.

Cons of being on council: The downside of being a councillor was not having as much power to influence council decisions as I might wish and as some voters might think.


The Village Hall at Arkholme