A new Mayor for Spelthorne

Cllr Vivienne Leighton was elected as the new Mayor for Spelthorne at the Annual Council Meeting

Cllr Vivienne Leighton was elected as the new Mayor for Spelthorne at the Annual Council Meeting held on Thursday 18 May. Cllr Jean Pinkerton OBE was elected as Deputy Mayor.

Since being first elected to the Council in May 2003 representing Shepperton Town, Cllr Leighton has held a number of Cabinet positions over nine years which included becoming Leader of the Council in 2011. As well as serving on several internal committees including the Planning and Licensing Committees, she has represented the Council on outside bodies, notably Surrey Supporting People Commissioning Body, and also chaired Spelthorne Neighbourhood Watch.

Cllr Leighton is a retired bank officer and has lived in Spelthorne for 31 years. Living alongside the Thames, the new Mayor has a keen interest in all aspects of river life having also represented Spelthorne on the flooding inquiry in 2003 and the Management Committee of River Thames Alliance since 2006. She was also a school Governor for twelve years.

During her term as Mayor, Cllr Leighton will be supporting the following charities:-

  • Spelthorne Dementia Support (Purple Angels) : helping to raise awareness of dementia-related illnesses and giving assistance to Alzheimer's sufferers and their carers
  • Impossible Dream: providing river trips for wheelchair users
  • Swan Sanctuary: a rescue centre and registered veterinary practice specialising in waterfowl

Speaking during the meeting, Cllr Leighton said: "I hope to appeal to different interests and different parts of the community. I want to celebrate the river and its environment, support the frail and older, involve young people and celebrate their talents ... and have some fun on the way.

"I look forward to supporting local events and meeting as many people as I can over the next 12 months