Deputy Mayor

Picture of the Deputy Mayor of Reigate & Banstead, Councillor Rosemary Absalom


Councillor Rosemary Absalom was born in Purley, has lived most of her life in Surrey and moved to Reigate in 1980 when she married David Absalom.  They have one adult son, Gregory, who lives and works in London.

An Office Administrator, Councillor Absalom began her working life at the Canadian High Commission in London and, after moving to Reigate, she worked locally until her son’s birth in 1985.

Throughout her working life and beyond, Councillor Absalom’s professional skills have always been in much demand; especially in the voluntary sector.  Before being elected as a Borough Councillor in 2015, Councillor Absalom undertook a number of voluntary roles in property management, church governance, teaching touch-typing to dyslexic children, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and two residents’ associations; today, Councillor Absalom continues to volunteer at her local parish church.  Since her election to the Borough Council in 2015 and during the Covid-19 pandemic, in addition to her duties as a councillor, Councillor Absalom served as the 2019-2020 Deputy Mayor and the 2020-2021 Mayor of the Borough of Reigate & Banstead.

In her leisure time and having danced, sung and acted on the professional stage and pursued artistic studies at an art college, Councillor Absalom retains a lifelong interest in the performing and visual arts and, happiest on snow and in water, Councillor Absalom also enjoys both skiing and swimming.

On being invited to become the Deputy Mayor of Reigate & Banstead once again, Councillor Absalom said, “It continues to be an honour and a privilege to represent such a beautiful and historic Borough, which is united by a strong community spirit, welcomes new ideas and people and where you’re nearly always greeted with a smile.  I am really looking forward to renewing acquaintances and meeting all the people who make a difference and make things happen in and around our Borough.”