About the Office of Mayor and other civic roles

About the Office of Mayor


The Mayor is elected for a term of office of one year and installed at the Annual Council Meeting which is held in May. When appointed the Mayor must be a member of the Council, (as must the Deputy Mayor who is also appointed at the Annual Council Meeting).  

The Mayor remains in office until a successor is appointed, even if no longer a councillor. The Mayor's principal duties are to represent the Council on public occasions and to preside over meetings of the Council.

The Mayor may appoint a Mayoress or Consort to accompany them on official engagements.

The Mayor is our first citizen. This means he or she takes priority within the borough except when the Sovereign or the Sovereign's Representative (eg the Lord Lieutenant for Greater London or Kingston’s Representative Deputy Lieutenant) are present. 

The Deputy Mayor, when deputising, should be treated as the Mayor would be treated. The Deputy Mayor will normally deputise for the Mayor when the Mayor is away from the Royal Borough, ill, or when there is a clash of functions and it is desirable for the Royal Borough to be represented at both. The Deputy Mayor may also appoint a Deputy Mayoress or Escort to accompany them on official engagements.