Cllr Jean Pinkerton OBE was appointed as the Mayor for Spelthorne on 17 May.
Cllr Mary Madams was elected as Deputy Mayor.
Cllr Pinkerton was first elected to the Council to represent Staines South in 2003. Over the last 15 years she has been a member of, and chaired, various committees and held Cabinet positions with responsibility for Communications, Housing, Health and Wellbeing and Independent Living. She was also elected as Deputy Leader in 2012 and 2013.
Staines has been Cllr Pinkerton's home town for 39 years. She has three daughters, five grandsons and great granddaughter. Prior to her retirement, Cllr Pinkerton, had a long and rewarding career in education and worked as a Headteacher for over 17 years. In 2013 she was awarded the OBE for services to education.
Nominating Cllr Pinkerton to the role of Mayor, Cllr Alfred Friday, said: "Someone once said "Teaching is not a lost art, but respect for it is a lost tradition." I don't know if that is true but I served on the Spelthorne Education Action Group under her Chairmanship and I can assure you that I respect her strength of feeling about education. When Jean talks about education, she talks with genuine emotion about what it can achieve. "Passionate" is a much over-used word these days but Jean is passionate about education."
During her term as Mayor, Cllr Pinkerton will be supporting the following charities:-
- east to west - offering support to children, young people and their families on a range of emotional and practical issues
- Rentstart - assisting single people and childless couples to access accommodation in the private rented sector
- Shopmobility - helping people with mobility problems to get around Staines Town Centre
- The Penrose Club - providing social activities for adults with special needs
After being sworn in as Mayor, Cllr Pinkerton, said: "My theme for the year is that 'Spelthorne is special'. I want people to be aware of all the very positive aspects of our borough and the many talents within it.
"I have been elected by my fellow councillors to this prestigious post and I will do my best to carry out the role with integrity and be a good ambassador for our borough. I hope you will all support me and, therefore my charities, in any way that you can."
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