Cllr Mary Madams was elected as the new Mayor for Spelthorne at the Annual Council Meeting held on Tuesday 21 May.

Mayor of Spelthorne Councillor Mary Madams

Cllr Colin Barnard was elected as Deputy Mayor.

Cllr Madams was first elected to the Council to represent Laleham and Shepperton Green in 2003. Over the last 16 years she has had various roles, including the Chair of the Audit Committee. She has lived in Laleham for most of her life and has been heavily involved in charity fundraising and supporting various organisations including the Laleham Society and Laleham Residents' Association.

During her term as Mayor, Cllr Madams will be supporting the following charities: -

  • Midas Plus: a local registered charity based in Staines-upon-Thames, run to help local people in need. Midas Plus raise and distribute funds for community groups and individuals (mainly in Spelthorne) who have nowhere else to turn.
  • Eikon: an award-winning charity which provides long-term support to some of the county's most vulnerable young people. Their vision is to develop happy, thriving and resilient young adults who make a positive contribution to society.

After being sworn in as Mayor, Cllr Madams said: "Our initiative for this year is 'Inspire to Aspire' which involves creating a wider awareness of exciting and rewarding career opportunities for young people across our Borough who are soon to be finishing higher education. Working with many key employers in our area we will be seeking to secure valuable apprenticeships for them across a wide range of disciplines such that will help our young people develop the skills needed for ongoing career success, rather than merely 'a job'.

"I am truly honoured to be Mayor of Spelthorne and consider it a great privilege, and will do all I can, with the help of my Consort, friends and colleagues to promote our lovely Borough to the very best of my ability."

Thank you to Dream Catchers Stage School for performing during the meeting interval.

Issued: 23 May 2019