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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
The Mayor of Newbury, Cllr Elizabeth O'Keeffe
Tel: 01635 780203