Councillor Dorothy Ross-Tomlin has been elected as the new mayor of Reigate & Banstead for the 2018-2019 municipal year.
Thursday’s council meeting (24 May) also saw Cllr Julian Ellacott elected as deputy mayor.
Cllr Ross-Tomlin, who previously served as mayor 2007-8, said, following her election:
“It is a great honour to be elected mayor for a second time.
I’m looking forward to meeting residents, businesses and local groups from across the borough and raising money for my nominated charities, George and the Giant Pledge and Born Free.”
Mayors also choose a theme for their year: Cllr Ross-Tomlin’s is “Taking responsibility”. She said:
“We all need to take responsibility for ourselves, our families, our communities and for our planet.
As part of this, one of my aims in the coming year is to increase environmental awareness across the borough, encouraging residents to take greater collective responsibility for our future.”
During her year, the mayor will host fundraising events for her chosen charities:
- George and the Giant Pledge, set up by the Woodall family from Reigate after their son was diagnosed with cancer, aims to raise £1 million for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
- Born Free, based in Horsham, campaigns to keep wildlife in the wild, working with communities who live alongside habitats.
Cllr Ross-Tomlin has been a borough councillor for Salfords & Sidlow since 1991, and was a Surrey county councillor for 16 years until standing down last May.
Raised in Glasgow, Cllr Ross-Tomlin moved to the borough nearly 40 years ago, when she married Jim, who will act as the mayor’s consort.
Deputy mayor Cllr Julian Ellacott represents Redhill West, having first been elected back in 2000 (aged 21).
Both Cllr Ross-Tomlin and Cllr Ellacott are Conservatives, and have each held a number of roles on the council.
During the year (which runs until May 2019) the mayor and deputy mayor will represent the borough at receptions, openings and visits to local organisations, as well as hosting fundraisers for the nominated charities.
The mayor can be invited to events, special occasions or launches via a council webpage.