Barbara Olwyn Ronson
Mayor of Horwich: 1996-1997 (Liberal Democrat)
Mayor of Bolton: 2007-08 (Liberal Democrat)
Born: Bolton 16 December 1942
Educated: Pikes Lane School, Bolton; Bolton School (Girls Division); Manchester College of Commerce; Bolton Institute of Higher Education
Born Barbara Olwyn Gettins.
Worked as a librarian and college lecturer until retirement.
First elected to Horwich Town Council in 1987, along with her husband, Robert Ronson.
During her year of office as Mayor of Horwich she worked to improve the lives of the young people of the town, assisting youth clubs and other organizations with practical problems. Among the organizations helped during her year were Vision Aid, the Deaf Children's Society, Fox Street Youth Club and St John Ambulance.
Her Mayoress was her friend, Fran Thomas, whose late husband, Phil, was a former Horwich Councillor.
First female leader of Bolton Council 2004-2006.
First Liberal Democrat Mayor of Bolton.
Unveiled the statue of Fred Dibnah on Oxford Street on 29 April 2008.
She was the first female Mayor of Bolton to have a male consort - her husband, Councillor Robert Ronson, Mayor of Horwich 1991-92.