Mayor of the Borough
Cllr. Mrs Dorothy Ross-Tomlin has represented the ward of Salfords & Sidlow since 1991. She has served on most Council Committees and was a member of the Borough’s Executive from its inception in 2001.
Cllr. Mrs Ross-Tomlin had executive responsibility firstly for Leisure Services and latterly for the Organisational Development of the Council, she stood down from these roles when becoming a Surrey County Councillor 16 years ago - a position she held until standing down in May 2017. The experience of serving on two tiers of local authorities has emphasised to Dorothy the need for Councils to work harmoniously together to eliminate waste and deliver seamless services to our residents.
Additionally, Dorothy chaired the Surrey Police & Crime Panel for four years and served on the Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee. Having been Chairman of the Harlequin Theatre Board almost continuously since its beginning, Dorothy is passionate about the part that the Theatre plays in the cultural life of our Borough, and proud of the accessibility for all at both the theatre and its cinema.
Our Borough occupies a strategic position in the South East, and Cllr. Mrs Ross-Tomlin is concerned that while we maximise the commercial potential of the Borough, we also protect and enhance the quality of life for all sections of our community.
Dorothy was born in Caithness, Scotland, and grew up in Glasgow. She worked for the local authority, firstly with the Police in the Scottish Criminal Record Office and then at Glasgow Airport. Cllr. Mrs Ross-Tomlin transferred to London when BAA took over the airport and returned to study, firstly at what is now the University of the South Bank, and then at Hammersmith & West London College, obtaining her professional qualification of membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.
After several years, Cllr. Mrs Ross-Tomlin left BAA to establish her own consultancy, which ran successfully advising British airports and other international companies in aspects of their procurement strategies.
Dorothy and her husband Jim moved to the Borough when they married thirty-nine years ago. They have two sons, Dale, who lives with his partner Irina in the Algarve, Portugal, and David, who with his wife Laura lives in the South East.
The Mayor enjoys reading and relaxing at the family’s holiday base in the Charente Maritime region of South West France. She loves all sorts of music, and theatre has been a life-long interest.
The Mayor’s chosen theme for the year is ‘Taking Responsibility’ as this is something she strongly believes that we should all do for ourselves, our families and our communities. As part of this, a key aim in the coming year is to increase environmental awareness across the Borough, encouraging residents to take greater responsibility for the future of our planet.
The Mayor’s Charities
The Mayor's chosen charities are Born Free and George and Giant Pledge.
- Born Free is an international wildlife charity founded by Virginia McKenna OBE, the late Bill Travers MBE, and their son Will Travers OBE. The charity opposes the exploitation of wild animals in captivity and campaign to Keep Wildlife in the Wild. See the Born Free website for more information.
- George and the Giant Pledge is a charity to raise £1,000,000 to help beat childhood cancer. Every penny raised goes to the children’s team at The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. See the George and the Giant Pledge website for more information.