Mayor of the Borough

At Annual Council on 25 May 2017 Councillor Roger Newstead was elected as Mayor of the Borough of Reigate and Banstead.

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Background and biography 

Councillor Roger Newstead is Mayor of Reigate & Banstead for the third time having previously held the office in 2008 - 2009 and 2012 - 2013. He has been a local councillor representing the Reigate Hill Ward since 2001. During that time he has been a member of the Borough’s Executive for eight years, held the Local Economy portfolio for four years and in 2009 was given responsibility for Personnel and Organisation Change. More recently he held the Partnership and Property portfolio. He has also served on the Council’s Planning, Licensing and Standards Committees and is currently the Borough’s Armed Forces Champion.

Roger and his wife Mary have lived in the Borough since 1968 and have been involved in grass roots politics for almost all that time. Through their three children - Julia, John and Clive, they took an interest in education and both Roger and Mary became school governors. Roger was a governor at Reigate School for 17 years of which 15 were spent as Chairman. He was also a governor at Reigate College and is currently a governor at Reigate Grammar School.

Roger was born and bred in Ely in the Cambridgeshire Fens where he went to The King’s School. He went on to Reading University where he obtained a degree in Geography before completing two years of National Service in the Army. He joined the oil and gas industry in 1961 and worked for four of the world’s largest companies in a career embracing supply and distribution, shipping, economics, information technology, personnel and public affairs. He was a committee chairman for two of the UK oil industry’s trade associations. Since retiring, he has worked briefly as an administrator for St. John Ambulance and then as a consultant in public relations and emergency planning - mainly in the electricity generating industry. Roger’s recreational interests include most sports, concerts, theatre, steam railways and family history. He enjoys cruising and following the activities of his six grandchildren.

The Mayor's Theme for the Year - Respect Your Borough

The Mayor’s chosen theme for the year is ‘Respect Your Borough’. This encapsulates some of the issues he feels most passionately about and which make a difference to all our lives. These include the enormous impact the business community has in providing jobs and opportunities to local residents. Without local businesses the local economy wouldn’t be as buoyant or successful. Equally the Mayor wants to encourage the whole community to Keep our Borough Clean. He is a great supporter of keeping our streets clean and tidy and a great believer in respecting our countryside. There are so many community groups that already do so much to make sure that our environment is kept clean for us all to enjoy and the Mayor would be delighted to support those groups with any promotion, presentations or awards in recognition of their achievements, plans and successes.

If you are a business, charity, community group or voluntary group and would like to invite the Mayor to any of your launches, events or special occasions, please visit our website and complete the on-line form below or use our quick response code: 

If the Mayor is available he would be delighted to attend and support you in any way he can.

The Mayor's Charities

The Mayor's chosen charities for the year are SSAFA Surrey (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen Families Association) and the Reigate & Redhill Live at Home Scheme. For more information on these charities, please see the links to their websites below. Please note that these are external sites and the Council has no responsibility for their contents.