Who is the Mayor
The Current Mayor is John Kaiser
The Mayoress is Gillian Kaiser
The Deputy Mayor is Bill Soane
The Deputy Mayoress is Hilary Soane
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 the Me2 Club.
Located in Woodley, the Me2 Club enables children and young people with additional needs and disabilities from the Wokingham Borough (aged between five and 19), to attend mainstream activity clubs. The club is able to do this by recruiting, training and developing volunteers to provide one to one support to young people (or two to one when required) at an activity of their choice such as Cubs and Brownies, gymnastics, youth groups or swimming. Me2 Club trained volunteers support young people by encouraging them to be independent, participating in the activities alongside them and adapting activities to ensure they can take part.
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.