Borough Charter



Michael and his wife Jane were both born in Godalming and have lived here for most of their lives.

Michael attended Godalming Grammar school and Guildford College before qualifying as a chartered accountant with a local firm. He has now retired but works part time as a consultant for a firm in Haslemere.

Michael and Jane have three adult children and three grandchildren. They have both been involved in youth work and before their retirement spent 12 years as foster carers for Surrey County Council.

Michael has been a governor of two local schools and has been involved with several local charities and organisations including being treasurer of the former Godalming CAB.

Michael has served several terms on Godalming Town Council and was Town Mayor in 1993/4. He also served one term as a County Councillor from 1973.

His hobbies include cricket (as a spectator), music, reading and occasionally helping Jane on her allotment!

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 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 Support Services Executive, 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.