Vivienne Leighton

Spelthorne Borough Councillor for the Shepperton Town ward

When elected following a City banking career, Vivienne was known locally for fundraising for the Riverside Arts Centre Sunbury to buy the adjacent building and as an activist after the 2003 flood event. Her extensive work as a councillor has included several years on the cabinet, chairing internal task groups and appointments on various outside bodies including twelve years as a school governor.  When she was Independent Living portfolio holder Spelthorne’s first ExtraCare housing was introduced and as Leader she delivered Shepperton skate park and led successful resistance of parking meters across the borough.

Throughout her term the borough’s relationship with the Thames has remained very important to her. Her first appointment on election was onto the external inquiry following the 2003 flooding, after which she chaired the borough’s group liaising with affected residents. She represented Spelthorne during its membership of the River Thame Alliance and in 2014 introduced ground-breaking procedures to clear intractable unauthorised mooring in Shepperton. In 2015 she put on Spelthorne’s Magna Carta 800th anniversary flotilla for over 30 powered craft of all sizes and when Mayor 2017/18, another first was having the Queen’s rowbarge ‘Gloriana’ for her River Day; 40 key local volunteers joined her on board and thousands lined the banks. Currently chair of Spelthorne’s River Thames Task Group she is keen to use her experiences as a riparian owner and river user for 40 years to raise Spelthorne’s profile by introducing improved facilities for leisure, river users and tourism.

 Locally in the village Vivienne championed the relaunch of the Chamber of Commerce a few years ago and continues personally to work closely with voluntary groups to care for the Village Centre. This has included creation of the new pocket park on the corner of the High street and Renfree Way.

She considers being accessible to residents is very important and enjoys helping people with individual problems which she feels is core to being a councillor

Vivienne was re-elected as a Conservative Councillor for the Shepperton Town ward in the 2 May 2019 local election

Tel: 01932 231596


Vivienne was first elected as a Conservative Councillor for the  Shepperton Town Ward in May 2015

As a thank you for all their service to the community, Vivienne took 40 longstanding volunteers on Gloriana for her mayoral River Day (see picture above).


Mayor's charity music night

The Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Vivienne Leighton, is holding a special music night at 8.30pm on Friday 9 February at Sunbury Cricket Club in aid of her charities: Spelthorne Dementia Support, Impossible Dream and the Swan Sanctuary.

Mayor hosts business reception

The Mayor of Spelthorne hosted a civic reception for members of the business community

The Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Vivienne Leighton, hosted a civic reception for members of the business community on Wednesday 29 November.

A job with a difference

Mayor's Cadet chosen for special river role

Whilst many students may think about working in a restaurant or a hotel to gain a bit of extra cash during the summer holidays, a Spelthorne teenager has been lucky enough to find something a bit more unusual to fill her time.

Mayor's River Day

A spectacular flotilla of boats sailed from Sunbury to Staines-upon-Thames led by the Queen’s rowbarge, Gloriana, in celebration of the Mayor of Spelthorne’s River Day on Saturday 24 June.

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.

Very merry meals on wheels

Cllr Maureen Attewell and thirteen fellow councillors* have joined together to donate £2050 from their Better Neighbourhood Grants to fund a selection of gifts which will be given to Meals on Wheels customers in the run up to Christmas and on Christmas Day itself. Spelthorne Borough Council 22/12/2016

See Also

Maureen Attewell

Spelthorne Borough Councillor for the Laleham and Shepperton Green ward

Maureen and her husband Steve have lived in Shepperton for the past 12 years. Having taken early retirement from a career in local government. Maureen believed she could put her experience in Housing and Adult & Children’s Social Care to good use within the community.

Colin Barnard

Spelthorne Borough Councillor for Shepperton Town ward

Colin fell in love with Shepperton having cruised the Thames on many occasions with his wife Barbara and their family. Such was his love for the area that, having built up his own successful bakery, when he passed the business to his sons Colin settled in Shepperton nearly 14 years ago.

Clare Barratt

Spelthorne Borough Councillor for the Ashford Common ward

Clair Barratt is a Conservative candiate for the Ashford Common ward in the May 2019 local election.

Clare is married with 3 sons and has lived locally all her life, and in Ashford for 36 years.

Richard Barratt

Spelthorne Borough Councillor for the Ashford Common ward

Richard has lived and worked locally all his life. A family man with a wife and 3 sons. Richard works at Heathrow as a contract project manager, and has considerable experience working in the engineering and service industries.

John Boughtflower

Spelthorne Borough Councillor for the Ashford East ward

John and his family have lived in Ashford for more than 30 years. A very active local campaigner, John has played a leading role in a number of local clear up projects and community improvement programmes. 

Satvinder Buttar

Spelthorne Borough Councillor for the Ashford North and Stanwell South ward

Satvinder Buttar : I am residing in Ashford since 1997 with my wife and four daughters. I graduated from Teesside University as a Chemical Engineer and since I have worked for Private, Public and Voluntary sector.

Rose Chandler

Spelthorne Borough Councillor for the Ashford East ward

Rose Chandler has lived in Surrey for 14 years and in Ashford since 2007. Married to Mike, she has two married daughters and a son. As a resident of Wrens Avenue she has first-hand experience of the local traffic problems and other local issues.

Nick Gething

Spelthorne Borough Councillor for the Ashford Town ward

Nick is a solicitor specialising in commercial property and working in Staines. He is married with three children, one of which is still in a school in the borough.

Michele Gibson

Spelthorne Borough Councillor for the Riverside and Laleham ward

Michele Gibson has lived in and loved the riverside area of Staines for the last 5 years. Michele’s previous career was working in the Telecommunications Industry, which she did for 15 years.

Tony Harman

Spelthorne Borough Councillor for the Riverside and Laleham ward

Tony has lived in his ward for 38 years and has been a Conservative Borough Councillor since 2011. He has served on all the Borough Council Committees.

Currently he is Deputy Leader of the Council, Chair of the Grants Committee and Portfolio Holder for Communications.