Mayor

Councillor David Hunter

On 12 May 2016 Godalming Town Council unanimously elected Councillor David Hunter as Godalming Town Mayor for the civic year 2016/17.  Cllr Hunter represents the Binscombe ward in Godalming and was first elected in 2011.

David is the youngest of six children and was born in a mining village near Vereeniging in South Africa.  David trained as a diesel engineer and has worked in the heavy plant industry since 1971, which included working as a Workshop Supervisor for Iscor Steel works in the Transvaal, a company later to become Tata Steel.  During the late 1980’s he relocated to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape where his sons attended school.  David was a governor of that school for four years.  While in Port Elizabeth David worked for an earth moving manufacturing company as a regional parts manager.  David was married to Wendy-Ann, an Architectural Technologist, for thirty years.  They had two sons, Jason and Jonathan and in 2001 David and his family moved to Godalming.  Sadly Wendy-Ann passed away in 2007 after a long battle with cancer.  

Find out about the current Godalming Town Mayor, past Mayors and how to invite the Mayor to your event.

You can find the programme of Mayoral engagements by clicking here

The Deputy Mayor for the current year is Councillor Simon Thornton.

The Deputy Mayoress – Mrs Hazel Thornton-Biggs

The role and duty of the Deputy Mayor is to deputise, as required, for the Mayor.  When chairing Full Council the Deputy Mayor assumes the Mayor’s role and powers in relation to that meeting.

In undertaking engagements the Deputy Mayor’s role is to act as the Mayor’s representative.

Except for civic occasions and Full Council meetings, the Deputy Mayor has no role when the Mayor is present ie. if the Mayor attends an event as Mayor the Deputy Mayor may only attend the same function as a Councillor.  Except for the aforementioned occasions, the Deputy Mayor must not wear chains of office whenever the Mayor is present.

If you wish to invite the Mayor to your event please click here to complete a request form.

If you have a more specific enquiry regarding the Mayor please contact the Mayor’s Secretary, Lynne Purnell.

Please Note

  • In speeches the Mayor is referred to as ‘Madam Mayor’ or ‘Mr Mayor’.
  • The Mayoress is the courtesy title for the wife of the Mayor, when the Mayor is a male. The partner of a female Mayor is a Consort.
  • If formal photographs are taken at the event, a copy would be appreciated for the Mayor’s portfolio.
  • Please note the Mayor will normally wear the chain of office unless your event is informal and you specifically request “no chain of office”.

The Mayoralty in Godalming has a long history, below you can view the photographs/images (that we have) of Town Mayors going back to 1786.