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The Mayor of Basildon Borough

The Mayor of Basildon Borough Council for 2017/18 is Councillor David Harrison.

The Mayor of Basildon 2017/18

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Mayor David Harrison
The Mayor is the ceremonial figurehead of Basildon Borough Council, and the person in charge of managing debate when all forty-two Councillors meet to debate local issues. It is a non-political role and is voted for every year by Councillors.

In addition to representing the Council and the Borough as a whole at Civic events and ceremonies, the Mayor is a key figure in supporting local charities. Each year the Mayor is able to choose nominated charities they want to help raise funds for - as the profile of being Mayor brings an opportunity to increase the profile for the Charities.

For the municipal year 2017/18, Councillor David Harrison of the Wickford Independents Group is Mayor for a second year. Councillor Harrison has more than 30 years experience as a Councillor and is widely known in Wickford.

Invitations to the Mayor

The Mayor welcomes invitations to community and civic events.

Due to demand, it may not be possible for the Mayor to attend every event to which he is invited. Please give at least two weeks minimum advance notice for invitations. The more notice you give, the more likely it is the Mayor will be able to attend.

To invite the Mayor to an event, complete our online Mayoral invitation form.

Alternatively, contact The Mayor's Secretary, see contact details below.

See also guidance for Mayoral visits.

The Mayor's Charities 2017/18

My charities for my second year as Mayor are "Be Child Cancer Aware", a charity founded by a local couple Sarah and John Drummond, which now has become a small national charity and is now in partnership with "Beads of Courage". "Be Child Cancer Aware" aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer. The charity has developed an awareness card, which is delivered to families and schools. The charity also wanted to do something to help children and teenagers through their treatment. In July 2011 they bought the "Beads of Courage" programme to Basildon Hospital.

I will also continue to help the children's wards at Basildon Hospital by supporting their "Polly Parrot Appeal", which covers the Wagtail and Puffin Wards, Children's Oncology and Neo Natal Unit. This will enable me to help provide essential equipment for the children and babies.

The link which follows provides further information about The wards at Basildon Hospital.

To make a donation to the Mayor's charities for 2017/18 please contact the Mayor's office on 01268 206736. Every penny will go to these very good causes. If you would like to organise a fundraising event for the Mayor's Charities, to which the Mayor would attend, please contact the Mayor's office.

The Deputy Mayor - Councillor David Burton-Sampson

The Deputy Mayor deputises for the Mayor at Council meetings and events the Mayor is unable to attend.

Cllr David Burton-Sampson was elected to represent St. Martin's Ward in 2016 and has been proactive in supporting his residents with a variety of issues and concerns. He is chair of Radford Park Residents Association and was also the founding chair of the Langdon Hills Residents Association. He believes in working together to create the strongest possible Communities. By day Cllr Burton-Sampson works for Metro Bank and has done so since the Bank began. As well as supporting the Mayor's Charities for 2017/18, Cllr Burton-Sampson would like to use this year as Deputy Mayor to highlight our Borough's Inclusion and Equality programme, a subject, which is close to his heart.

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