Councillor John Winterton was chosen as the new Mayor of Surrey Heath at the Surrey Heath Borough Council Annual Meeting on 18 May 2016.
Cllr Winterton has lived in the Borough since 1971, and has been a councillor for the Lightwater ward since 2011. He was last year’s Deputy Mayor for Surrey Heath.
He has served on various committees, including the External Partnerships Select Committee, Performance and Finance Scrutiny Committee and the Planning Applications Committee.
Cllr Winterton was also a Windlesham Parish Councillor for 12 years, serving as Chairman in 2010-11.
Cllr Winterton enjoyed a 30-year career in IT with British Airways, from which he retired in 2000. He has since been involved in voluntary work with the “Safer Community Teams” project, while also working part time for a local business.
His interests include meteorology, classical music, gardening and DIY.
While carrying out his mayoral duties throughout the year, Cllr Winterton will be accompanied by his wife, Mrs Di Winterton.
Cllr Winterton said: "I feel very privileged to be affirmed in the office of the 44th Mayor of Surrey Heath, and it is my intention to justify that affirmation by serving the community to the best of my ability."
The chosen charities for his Mayoral year are Connect Counselling Service and Disability Initiative.
Cllr Winterton added: “These charities offer support in different ways, and indicate my wish to help individuals and families in the borough who experience sometimes sudden, unexpected and devastating problems in their lives, through no fault of their own.”
Cllr Winterton is also a Trustee of the Windlesham United Charities and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society. He is a life member of English Heritage, The National Trust, and The Royal Horticultural Society, reflecting his concern and interest in conserving the assets and beauty of our country.
Duties of the Mayor
The Mayoralty has for a long time been recognised as being, in the Borough, second only to Royalty and The Queen's Deputy, the Lord Lieutenant. On Surrey Heath premises the Mayor takes precedence over all except The Queen. This high standing is mainly one of honour and dignity, rather than actual legal powers.
The primary duty of the Mayor is to chair meetings of the Full Council. A Mayor chairing at any meeting of the Council will have a second or casting vote. The Mayor's decision on a point of order shall be final. It is the duty of the Mayor to ensure that the Council meetings are conducted in a seemly manner and in accordance with the procedures laid down in the Council's Standing Orders.
The Mayor takes the lead in all matters that concern the Civic life of the Borough, including appeal for funds for a local, national or international charity or disaster fund, making representations to the Government or celebrating the success of an individual or team of the Borough.
In addition the Mayor will also have a number of formal civic duties and will also receive a number of requests each year to support local organisations and activities.
The Mayor is a non-political post.
In accordance with the Local Government Act, the Council must appoint from amongst its Members a Deputy Mayor or Vice-Chairman. Similarly the Deputy Mayor may chair meetings of the Full Council in the absence of the Mayor.