Patrons of Sefton CVS



“As High Sheriff I had the privilege of seeing how important the work of CVS is to the whole community in Sefton, young and old. I look forward to being involved.”

Martin Amlôt was born in the Wirral in 1947.  He was educated at the King’s School Chester and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.  He served with the King’s Regiment and in Army staff appointments in Great Britain, the Caribbean, Germany, Canada, Norway, Hong Kong, the Falklands, Kenya, Ulster and the United States.  He was Second in Command of 1st Battalion the King’s Regiment in the late 1980s and he commanded the Territorial Army Battalion of his Regiment during the post Cold War ‘Options for Change’ reorganisation of the TA.  He was appointed OBE at the end of this tour.

His last regular army posting was as Secretary to the Commanders in Chiefs’ Committee (Germany).  He left the Army in 1994 and became a Civil Servant in the Ministry of Defence, running the home headquarters of the King’s Regiment.  He held this post for 12 years.  In 2006 a new, much larger Regiment was formed, the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.  Remaining in the Civil Service, Martin Amlôt was appointed to run the home headquarters of the new Regiment.

On his appointment as Patron of Sefton CVS, Martin issued the following statement:

“I am very honoured to be asked to engage with Sefton Council for Voluntary Service as a Patron.  During 2012-13 as the High Sheriff of Merseyside I had the privilege of seeing the work of the CVS and learning how important it is to the whole community in Sefton, young and old.  I very much look forward to being involved and I will do whatever I can to help the staff and volunteers of Sefton Council for Voluntary Service in their vital work. “

Click here to read more about Colonel Martin G C Amlôt OBE OStJ DL on Merseyside Lieutenancy website

The Office of the Mayor of Sefton

The Mayor of Sefton for 2020/21 is Councillor Clare Louise Carragher.

Public Life 

I started life as a professional dancer and had a colourful but short-lived career working in musical theatre as chorus line, performing in much loved musicals such as Grease, Godspell, Chicago and the Rocky Horror show to name but a few, travelling around the country to various theatres. However, after an accident in my early 20s my dancing days were tragically cut short.

After having my two eldest boys in early succession, in my early 20s I had to consider my future options and studied Law whilst my children were growing up. My first Job being with Witness Service at South Sefton Magistrates Court as a volunteer and then after qualifying, working in a criminal legal practice for many years.

During the pandemic, like so many other people, I took redundancy from my employer and now work as a full-time councillor for Sefton Council and a mum to my nine-year-old son.

I have served as Sefton Councillor for 7 years, representing Manor War. I am also a Maghull Town Councillor, and I was Deputy Mayor of Maghull 2017/2018 and then Mayor of Maghull 2018/2019.

Whilst serving as a Sefton Councillor I have been a Committee member on  Regeneration and Skills, Licensing, Planning and vice chair of Children’s Safeguarding . I have also been on one outside body committee, Liverpool Law Society Access to Justice .

Hobbies & Interests

Since lockdown I have become a keen Gardner and found that this is one of the most soothing and mindful hobbies to do. I have even turned my hand to growing my own food in my very small garden.

We have recently got a puppy who is a terrier and needs a lot of exercise so walking has also become one of my new found passions.

I love to make my own clothes, jewellery and shoes  so watch out for some of my more creative accessories. I simply adore fashion.

I also love crafting, making cards, deco-page, and upcycling anything that can be reused and repurposed.

My husband and my two eldest boys are all musicians’, so it goes without saying that music is a big part of our family’s life. This year I will be celebrating my 25th Wedding anniversary so music will be the centre of the celebration if the restrictions allow. I love all music from heavy metal, country, jazz, indie, pop, classical, folk, but I’m not a big dance music fan.