Published Thursday, 24th May 2018

The new Mayor for Reigate & Banstead, Cllr Dorothy Ross-Tomlin, has taken up her role and announced that her theme for her term in office is ‘taking responsibility’.

Cllr Ross-Tomlin was elected at the full Council meeting on Thursday 24 May. This is Cllr Ross-Tomlin’s second term as Mayor, having previously held the office in 2007-8.

Deputy Mayor for the municipal year, which runs until the end of May 2019, is Cllr Julian Ellacott.

he Mayor, Cllr Dorothy Ross-Tomlin and the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Julian EllacottGreat honour

Following her election, Cllr Ross-Tomlin said: “It is a great honour to be elected Mayor for a second time. I’m looking forward to meeting residents, businesses and local groups from across the borough and raising money for my nominated charities, George and the Giant Pledge and Born Free.”

The Mayor’s chosen theme of ‘taking responsibility’ encapsulates some of the issues she feels strongly about. She explained: “We all need to take responsibility for ourselves, our families, our communities and for our planet. As part of this, one of my aims in the coming year is to increase environmental awareness across the borough, encouraging residents to take greater collective responsibility for our future.”

Mayor's charities

During her term in office, the Mayor will be hosting a range of events to raise money for her two chosen charities. 

George and the Giant Pledge, set up by the Woodall family from Reigate after their son George was diagnosed with PNET Ewing’s Sarcoma, aims to raise £1 million for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity to help beat childhood cancer. 

International wildlife charity Born Free is based in nearby Horsham. Founded by Virginia McKenna OBE, the late Bill Travers MBE and their son Will Travers OBE, the charity campaigns to keep wildlife in the wild, working with local communities who live alongside wildlife to conserve and protect species in their natural habitats. 

About the Mayor and Deputy Mayor

Cllr Ross-Tomlin has been a Borough Councillor Salfords and Sidlow ward since 1991 and served for a number of years on the Council’s Executive and on most Council Committees. Cllr Mrs Ross-Tomlin was also a Surrey County Councillor for 16 years, until she stood down last May. She has also served on a number of outside bodies.

Born in Caithness, Scotland, Cllr Ross-Tomlin grew up in Glasgow. She moved to the borough with her husband Jim, when they married thirty-nine years ago. Jim will be the Mayor’s Consort during her mayoral year. The couple have two sons, Dale and David.

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Julian Ellacott is a Borough Councillor for Redhill West ward. He is a proud resident of Redhill, and was only 21 when he was first elected in 2000.  During his time on the Council, Cllr Ellacott has held roles overseeing support for the voluntary sector, the introduction of new garden waste and household recycling services, and the modernisation of the Council’s offices.

Invite the Mayor to your event

During their term in office, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor will represent the borough of Reigate & Banstead at a hundreds of functions, from formal receptions and official openings to visits to local community groups and organisations, as well as hosting fundraising events for their chosen charities.

If you would like to invite the Mayor to your events, special occasions or launches you can do so on the Invite the Mayor page.