Who is the Mayor
The Current Mayor is Bill Soane
The Mayoress is Hilary Soane
The Deputy Mayor is Malcolm Richards
The Deputy Mayor’s consort Nathalie Erskine
What is the Mayor’s role
The Mayor is officially the ‘first citizen’ of the borough and has a civic role, representing the Council and the people of the borough, as well presiding over borough council meetings. Unless Her Majesty the Queen or her representative is in attendance, the Mayor takes precedence over any other dignitaries attending events.
The Mayor is elected by fellow Councillors at the Council’s annual meeting in May each year.
Mayor is a non-political position. During their term the Mayors puts aside council duties to concentrate on being the Borough’s first citizen.
The Mayor chairs Council meetings. The Mayor also attends many functions in the Borough including:
· Civic functions
· Receiving dignitaries
· Attending dinners
· Opening events
· Talking to clubs and societies
· Visiting schools
The Mayor can also ask the Deputy Mayor to stand in if they are not available.
Traditionally, the Mayor chooses a charity to benefit from fundraising during their year in office. This year the Mayor has chosen to support DEBRA.
DEBRA is based in Crowthorne. It is a national charity but it provides support to lots of patients across the Wokingham Borough. DEBRA was founded in 1978 by Phyllis Hilton whose daughter Debra had Dystrophic EB – and the charity was the world’s first EB patient support group. Its aim is to help improve the quality of life of people living with any form of EB.
Invitations for the Mayor
All invitations to attend events should be made through the Mayor’s Office.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0118 974 6004
The Mayor’s Secretary Caroline Kelly can advise on the availability of the Mayor prior to a request.