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 positionThe Mayor 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 Mayor is Councillor Julian McGhee-Sumner
The Mayoress is Judith McGhee-Sumner
The Deputy Mayor is Cllr Malcolm Richards
The Deputy Mayoress is Sue Powell

Cllr McGhee-Sumner says: “It is a great honour to be chosen as this year’s Wokingham Town Mayor and I am looking forward to serving the town in 2018/19. The coming year is one of the most important in the renewal of our town; much investment has been made to regenerate our town, and I look forward to working with the traders and businesses around the town this year for the benefit of everyone connected to our town.

I’ve been a Wokingham resident since childhood, a town councillor for the Wescott ward since 2003, and I am very proud to be following in the footsteps of Wokingham’s very first Town Mayor, Thomas Manley Wescott. I’ve lived in the Wescott ward for the past 19 years with my wife, Judith.

One of the privileges of being chosen as Town Mayor is the opportunity to support local charities. I have chosen to support two charities whose work means a great deal to me.

Wokingham Food Bank has now been open for 5 years and has provided much-needed assistance to almost 2,000 people in the past year. Wokingham might be one of the wealthiest towns in England - but it's also one of the most expensive places to live, and not everyone has an income that lets them manage.

The second charity, the Link Visiting Scheme has been supporting Wokingham residents for the past 20 years, by reducing loneliness, promoting friendship and improving the health and well-being of our Link friends through celebrating and honouring older people in our community.

I aim to raise awareness and much-needed funds for both charities through local events this year.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible this year.”