Our Mayor is the figurehead of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. The Mayor is elected at the Annual Council Meeting in May and serves for one year. The Mayor (and Deputy Mayor) are members of the Council.
The Mayor’s duties include representing the Council on public occasions, such as Remembrance Day services and chairing meetings of the Council. The Mayor also attends civic functions including citizenship ceremonies.
The current Mayor is Councillor Margaret Thompson
Councillor Thompson is the borough’s 184th Mayor. A resident in the borough since 1985, she was first elected as councillor for Chessington North and Hook Ward in 2010. Before becoming Mayor, she was the council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and chair of the Children’s and Adults' Care and Education Committee.
Councillor Thompson lives in Hook with her husband Richard Thompson, a Professor of Experimental Physics at Imperial College. She has three children David, Andrew and Naomi and a grandson Fintan.
Cllr Thompson qualified as a paediatric nurse and has held a variety of specialist posts in hospitals and the community. She was Kingston's first nurse specialist for looked after children. She is also a governor at two schools and sits on the Board of Governors for Kingston Hospital. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, gardening, reading and steam trains.
The Mayor’s charities will be Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL) and Oxygen.
Watch Councillor Margaret Thompson being installed as the 2019-20 Mayor.