Elizabeth O'Keeffe was elected as the Mayor of Newbury on Sunday 12th May 2019. Cllr O'Keeffe continued an additional year in the role into 2020 - 2021.
Role of the Mayor
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 their term of office. The Mayor, by virtue of the office, also presides at the meetings of the Council where it is their 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:
- Open events held in the town and extend a Civic
- Welcome Host various functions and Civic Receptions Support sports people of the town (visit or start events, present prizes, etc)
- Open various events (school fetes, new businesses, etc)
- Attend a wide variety of events (Open Days, school/college presentations, Annual General Meetings, Dinners, neighbouring Civic Events, etc)
- Visit many townspeople to celebrate special occasions (e.g. 100th birthdays, etc)
The Mayor also fundraises for charity throughout their Mayoral year – for the Mayor’s Benevolent Fund and a charity of their choice.
Donation to the Mayor’s charities are always much appreciated. A Deputy Mayor is also elected.
Role of the Mayoress / Mayor’s Consort
After being elected by their fellow Councillors to the role, an incoming Mayor may appoint a Mayoress or Consort to accompany them whilst attending functions and events during the course of their year in office and assist them when organising receptions and charity fundraising events.
Role of the Mayor’s Chaplain
The Mayor’s Chaplain, chosen by the incoming Mayor after their 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.
Role of the Mayor’s Cadet
The Mayor’s Cadet, chosen by the incoming Mayor after their appointment, supports the Mayor in attending formal duties within the town as well as supporting the Mayor's charity events. The Mayor's Cadet is selected by the Mayor from one of Newbury's uniformed services youth groups and should be an outstanding young person who has demonstrated strong commitment, dedication and leadership within their group, being a role model to young people in Newbury.
Contact the Mayor's Office
If you have occasion to contact The Mayor of Newbury, perhaps to invite them to attend / officiate at an event you are holding, or for some other reason, the Mayor may be contacted as follows:
By Post: Mayor of Newbury, Mayor’s Parlour, Town Hall, Market Place, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5AA
Tel: 01635 780203