On 11 May 2017 Godalming Town Council unanimously elected Councillor Simon Thornton as Godalming Town Mayor for the civic year 2017/18. Cllr Thornton represents the Central & Ockford ward in Godalming and was first elected in 2011.
Simon has lived and worked in the Waverley Borough his whole life; as the second youngest of four children he was born in Haslemere, before living in Elstead and then Godalming. He trained as a butcher’s apprentice, eventually becoming the Manager for Meatmaster Godalming and Guildford. In 2000, Simon bought the business, now known as The Godalming Butchers of which he is currently Master Butcher and Managing Director. Simon and his expertly trained staff have been serving customers for over 30 years and the business is famed locally for its quality produce and knowledgeable, friendly service.
Having previously been a member of Godalming Chamber of Commerce and Round Table, Simon became a Town Councillor and Waverley Borough Councillor in 2011. He was a Member of the Executive at Waverley Borough Council from 2014-2016 with portfolio responsibility for Leisure, Culture, Parks & Countryside. Simon served as Deputy Mayor of Godalming from May 2016-17.
Simon is a strong team player who is passionate about Godalming and its surrounding areas and has a keen interest in supporting local businesses and charities.
Simon is married to Hazel, a Bid Manager for an insurance company. He also has a ten year old daughter, who is educated in Godalming.