The Mayor, apart from members of the Royal Family or the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire who represents them, takes precedence over all persons in the town. The Mayor is the first citizen of Newbury and represents the Council, all political groups and the people of Newbury. The Mayor is a Public Relations Officer for the town and must be non-political at all times during his/her term of office. The Mayor, by virtue of the office, also presides at the meetings of the Council where it is his/her duty to keep order, control the conduct of debate and carry out the procedures outlined in the Council's Standing Orders.
In addition to chairing the full Council meetings held in the Council Chamber every two months, the Mayor will:
A Deputy Mayor is also elected.
After being elected by his/her fellow Councillors to the role, an incoming Mayor may appoint a Mayoress or Consort to accompany him/her when attending functions and events during the course of his/her year in office and assist him/her when organising receptions and charity fundraising events.
The Mayor's Chaplain, chosen by the incoming Mayor after his/her appointment looks after the Mayor's spiritual needs, assisting and officiating during the Mayor's Civic Service and often at other services during the course of the year in office. The Mayor's Chaplain occasionally accompanies the Mayor to functions when appropriate.
If you have occasion to contact The Mayor of Newbury, perhaps to invite him to attend / officiate at an event you are holding, or for some other reason, the Mayor may be contacted as follows:
The Mayor of Newbury, Cllr Julian Swift-Hook
Tel: 01635 41583