Cllr Ros Mill, a serving councillor for the Kingswood with Burgh Heath ward, passed away on Thursday 6 September, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has announced.
Cllr Mrs Mill, a Conservative, was first elected in 2007. Among her roles, she served on the council’s executive committee from 2010 until May of this year when she stood down from that position.
Outside of her council activities, Cllr Mill worked as marketing director for Aberdour School in Burgh Heath.
Paying tribute, council leader Cllr Mark Brunt said:
“Ros was a long serving, well respected and well liked member of this council and her passing is an extremely sad loss that is felt by us all, councillors and staff alike.
Ros was committed to the well-being of all borough residents and worked hard on behalf of the community she represented, always giving her all to everything she did. It is an honour to have been able to work alongside her.
During her time as an Executive Member, Ros was involved in some significant projects which will leave a lasting legacy for residents, including the development of the new Tadworth Leisure Centre, our award-winning Living and Ageing Well initiatives and partnerships and support for the voluntary sector.
Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.”
Cllr Mill served as executive member for communities (2010 – 2014) and for leisure and wellbeing (2014 – May 2018).
As a mark of respect, the council’s flag was flown at half-mast on Friday 7 September and a minute’s silence was held at Thursday night’s Executive meeting (13 September). The flag will again be flown at half-mast on the day of Cllr Mill’s funeral.
The council has written to Cllr Mill’s family to offer its condolences.
Kingswood with Burgh Heath is also represented by councillors Simon Parnall and Rod Ashford. No by-election details have yet been announced.