The new Mayor for Reigate & Banstead, Cllr Roger Newstead, has taken up his role and announced that his term’s theme is “Respect your borough”.
He and the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Frank Kelly, were elected at a full council meeting on 25 May. Their year in office runs until the end of May 2018.
Cllr Newstead was previously Mayor in 2008-9 and 2012-2013. Following his election, he said:
“It is a great honour to be Mayor once, let alone three times, but for me the prospect is as exciting now as it was for the first time.
I will be out there singing the praises of Reigate and Banstead and I hope that our communities will do the same.”
He explained his theme of “Respect your borough”:
“I believe that this borough is one of the best places in the country in which to live. Our business community plays an enormous role by providing jobs and opportunities to local residents and in keeping our local economy buoyant or successful.
I am also a great believer in respecting our countryside. I want to work with schools, young people, community groups and organisations to promote the importance of looking after our borough and to encourage the many community groups that already do so much to help keep our environment clean for us all to enjoy.”
The Mayor has chosen two charities to support during the year:
- The Reigate and Redhill Live at Home Scheme which helps older people across the borough to lead independent, active and fulfilled lives
- SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen’s Families Association) which helps service personnel, veterans and their families who are in need.
Cllr Newstead has been a borough councillor for Reigate Hill since 2001 and has served on the council’s executive and other committees. He is currently the borough’s Armed Forces Champion.
He and his wife, Mary, who will be Mayoress, have lived in the borough since 1968. Through their three children they took an interest in education, and have served as governors at local schools.
Cllr Newstead had a career in the oil and gas industry, including serving as committee chairman for two of the UK oil industry’s trade associations.
Deputy Mayor, Cllr Frank Kelly, is a borough councillor for Merstham. He has worked in the NHS for over 30 years.
During their term in office, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor will represent the borough of Reigate & Banstead at a range of functions, and also host fundraising events for their chosen charities.
To invite the Mayor to events, special occasions or launches, there is a form on the Reigate & Banstead website.