Mayor of Havant

The Mayor is the Borough's "First Citizen". A different member of the council is elected to this office each year at the Annual Council Meeting in May. The Mayor chairs meetings of the Borough Council. Each Mayor selects at least one local charity to support each year through fund raising. Many residents of the borough have benefited from this in past years.

The Mayor maintains and furthers links between organisations and bodies, both voluntary and commercial, and the council and promotes the borough on visits elsewhere.

What does the Mayor do?

  • Presides over meetings of the council so that its business can be carried out efficiently and with regard to the rights of councillors and the interests of the community
  • Ensures that the council meeting is a forum for the debate of matters of concern to the local community and the place at which members who are not on the Cabinet are able to hold the Cabinet and committee chairmen to account
  • Promotes public involvement in the council's activities
  • Can be the "conscience" of the council
  • Attends such civic and ceremonial functions as the council as he/she determines appropriate
  • The Mayor is available to attend functions and activities, arranged either to promote the borough, or for charitable causes.

The role of the Mayor other than as Chairman of the Council, is wholly one arising from custom and practice. In 1974 the council (legally a district council) petitioned for the right to be called a borough and being granted that status, was and is entitled to call its chairman "Mayor".

The Mayor is elected for one year, having usually served an "apprenticeship" of one year as Deputy Mayor. Precisely what happens during a Mayoral year depends almost entirely on the personality, wishes and views of the Mayor. There is a pattern, however, along the following lines:

  • There will be one or more good causes to which the Mayor will devote considerable time and energy, both through fund raising and by giving and obtaining publicity
  • The Mayor will represent the Borough at Civic and related events both within and outside the borough
  • He/she will often be the principal guest of local and national charitable and business organisations, schools etc
  • He/she should encourage by deed and help all voluntary organisations in the borough.

What is the correct way of addressing the Mayor?

The full title of the Mayor is: The Worshipful the Mayor of Havant.

Who is the Mayor of Havant at the moment?

The Mayor of Havant for the 2017/2018 Municipal Year is Councillor Elaine Shimbart. The Deputy Mayor is Councillor Peter Wade.

What are the Mayor's Charities?

Mayor's Charity Appeal 2017-2018

It is traditional for the Mayor of Havant to choose a charity or charities to support during their year in office. This year the Mayor has chosen the following named charities:-

Home Start Havant  

Home-Start Havant has been established in the Havant borough for 34 years, supporting families with at least one child under five undergoing a difficult time. Home-Start recruits and trains volunteers to visit families in their own homes, by offering friendship and practical support.
Home-Start believes that children deserve a happy and secure childhood and that parents play a key role in giving their children the best start in life. They want to see every parent having the support they need to enable this. They support the parents as they grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children and widen their links with the local community.

Fitzroy Waterlooville, Hampshire

Fifty years ago, when most adults with learning disabilities were forced to live their lives isolated and segregated from their communities, Elizabeth FitzRoy had a very different idea for her son.  When she opened ‘Whitegates’ in Liss it became the first of many FitzRoy family sized care & supported living homes in the Hampshire area.

Today FitzRoy supports hundreds of people to do the simple things that make a real difference to their everyday life.  We provide life opportunities that many of us take for granted.  Our mission is to reduce the paralysing loneliness and isolation many people with disabilities experience. Through our expert help and care we show people that they too can make friends, enjoy relationships, experience the joys of independence, and ultimately achieve their goals. This type of support, provided in a safe environment, brings meaning to many lives.

In addition to the two named charities above, the Mayor will be reserving a modest pot of money to be administered as a Community Chest.  Funding from this element of the appeal can be applied for by local groups and good causes within the Borough.  Application forms will be available from January 2018 and can be submitted until May 9th 2018.

If you would like to support the Mayor’s Appeal Fund, cheques are to be payable to the Mayor of Havant's Charity Appeal Fund and sent c/o:-   

"The Mayor's Secretary, Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant, PO9 2AX".

Forthcoming Charity Events

Mayor’s Charity Dinner
Friday 29th September 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm
Waterlooville Golf Club  

For further information please contact the Mayor’s Secretary: 02392 446152 or e-mail anne.thurlow@havant.gov.uk.