Following the outcome of the local election on Thursday 2nd May 2019, a full Council meeting was held on Thursday 23rd May 2019 at which councillors elected a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the Borough.

Councillor David Burton-Sampson has been a Basildon Councillor since 2016 and previously held the role of Deputy Mayor during the municipal year 2017/18.  His key aim as a councillor and in his other work in the community is to improve residents lives. David has founded 2 residents associations in the borough, both of which are thriving.  He is also an advocate for inclusion and diversity and recently won 2 awards to recognise his work within the LGBTQI+ arena.  

David wants to use his year as Mayor of the Borough to find ways to support as many of our community groups as possible, not just in the short term but by helping set them up for the future.  He is working with council officers and other members to set up the Basildon Borough Lottery which will give groups a regular income stream if they get their supporters behind it.

David's chosen charity for the year is The Jo Cox Foundation and he will work in partnership with them on projects to tackle loneliness and isolation within the borough, a key goal of Jo herself before her sad murder in 2016.  He will also be setting up The Mayor's Community Foundation which will enable groups that he visits this year to apply for funds from his fundraising pot to help with small projects.