The Town Mayor is the first citizen of the town and is elected to the post by fellow Councillors at the Town Council's annual meeting in May each year. The role of Mayor is a non-political position and during the mayoral year, a Mayor puts aside council duties to concentrate on the role as the town’s first citizen.

The Mayor chairs Council meetings and attends many functions within the town. These include representing the Council at civic functions, receiving dignitaries, attending dinners, opening events, talking to clubs and societies and visiting schools. The Mayor asks the Deputy Mayor to stand in if he/she is not available.

The current Mayor is Councillor Mrs Gwynneth Hewetson.

The Mayor's Consort is Mr Tony Hewetson.

The Deputy Mayor is Cllr Julian Mcghee-Sumner.

The Deputy Mayoress is Mrs Judith Mcghee-Sumner.

 

"I feel very honoured and privileged to have been elected as The MayorWokingham Town Mayor. I have lived here for more than 20 years and I feel very lucky to know so many wonderful people. I feel that my Welsh upbringing has given me my love of people and the urge to make connections and relationships. This passion for people in Wokingham: our businesses, residents and our environment drives me to want to make Wokingham not only the best town, but the happiest town in the UK!

My theme in my mayoral year is "appreciation". I’d like us all to appreciate what we have around us. With all that is going on in our daily lives and with the change that the regeneration of Wokingham will bring, it is important to understand that change is inevitable and that it can also bring new opportunities into our lives.

The charity I have chosen to support in 2016/17 is Soulscape, a local organisation whose aim is to give our young people space to make sense of our ever-changing environment. The reason I have chosen this group is because they share my ambition to assist young people to be happy in their daily lives and my choice of project, mental wellbeing, is in memory of my step-son, Tom Hewetson.

On a personal note, I have been happily married to Tony for more than 30 years and we share three children, four grandchildren and a dog called Max. This makes for a fun and busy family life! I am the youngest of six, my eldest sister shares a birthday with the Queen. My passion is a Community where everyone is welcomed and respected. I joined the Chamber of Commerce when I moved here and soon after became involved in the Winter Carnival Committee, organising the procession. In 2004 I became Chairman of The Cultural Partnership and realised that the arts could facilitate community engagement. This position gave me a seat on the Local Strategic Partnership and the chairmanship of the voluntary and core services committee. In 2011 I was so completely immersed in the life of the Town it seemed a natural progression to stand for election as a Town Councillor.

If you haven’t already, you may start to hear the phrase ‘you’ve been Gwynnethed’ during my year as Mayor. This has come about through my role as Town Councillor Arts & Culture and the endless rounds I make around the town’s business seeking sponsorship for events. It’s been such a pleasure building my contacts and relationships along the way, and I look forward to making many more connections in my mayoral year."

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