First elected to Council in 2008, Mayor Philip Penfold was born and raised in Maitland.
He studied at Maitland Boys High School and Rutherford Technology High School, played soccer with Rutherford Football and the Maitland Magpies, and discovered a passion for martial arts.
During a stint living in the United States, where he saw first hand the positive impact of community working together, Philip was inspired to run for Council, citing a desire to have a seat at the table and make a difference.
Philip is a Justice of the Peace and has a career background in banking and finance. He is an eager contributor to his community and an advocate for causes such as homelessness and support for people in crisis.
His priorities include sound fiscal management, increased focus on sporting and recreation infrastructure, and improvements to roads that reduce traffic congestion.
'Maitland has wonderful parks and facilities, which presents plenty of opportunities to promote an active and healthy lifestyle for families.
'What I love about Maitland is its proximity to everything. It's 30 minutes to the beach and the vineyards or 90 minutes to Sydney. The lifestyle that comes with that is unparalleled. Beyond this, the people of Maitland are its best quality.'