The Mayor of the Borough for 2023-24 is 

Councillor Rosy Raines


What does the Mayor do?

The role of the Mayor, other than as Chairman of the Council, arises 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 presides over council meetings, to ensure they are carried out efficiently and with regard to the rights of councillors and interests of the community. Furthermore, the role of Mayor ensures that council meetings are a forum for 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.

A key community aspect of the Mayoral role is to promote public involvement in the council's activities, including attending functions and activities, arranged either to promote the borough, or for charitable causes.

What is the correct way of addressing the Mayor?

The correct form of address is: Mrs Mayor or Madam Mayor.The full title of the Mayor is: The Worshipful the Mayor of Havant.

What is the Mayor's charity?

For this Mayoral year, Councillor Rosy Raines has chosen to support:


Mayor's charity

How to donate - If anyone wishes to donate to the Mayor's charity, they can do so by sending their donation to the Mayor of Havant's Charity Appeal Fund using the following bank details.

  • Account number - 61722847

  • Sort code - 60 10 20

  • You can also donate by cheque. This must be payable to the 'The Mayor of Havant's Charity Appeal Fund'.

The cheque must then be sent to: Civic Secretarial and Resilience Officer, The Mayor's Parlour, Public Service Plaza, Havant, PO9 2AX.

For further information please contact 023 9244 6152 or e-mail

Mayor’s cadets

Each Mayor selects local cadets to support them and attend some Mayoral events.

The Mayor's cadets for the year 2023-24 are:

  • Cadet Jack Godding – St John Cadet (Havant)
  • Cadet Imogen Barber - St John Cadet (Havant)
  • Corporal Finney Coomber – 2327 Havant Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets
  • Cadet Charlie Dowdell – 4 (Leigh Park) Platoon Army Cadet Force

Each cadet is presented with a signed certificate of appointment and a special cadet badge.

Invite the Mayor to your event

The Mayor can attend events virtually or in person.

If you would like to invite the Mayor to an event, please complete our online form.

To allow time for us to put in place the necessary arrangements for the Mayor's visit, we respectfully ask that you allow at least seven days' notice. 

Invite the Mayor to your event

The Mayor’s secretary, April Shilstone, will then respond to you to let you know whether the Mayor will be able to attend and to ask for any additional information.

If you have any questions prior to completing the form, please contact the Civic Secretarial and Resilience Officer via email on or phone at 023 9244 6152.

The Mayor's Consort

The Mayor’s Consort is Mr Graham Raines MBE.

The Mayor's Chaplain

The Mayor's Chaplain is Sue Moss.

The Chaplain is chosen by the Mayor and is an honorary title.

The Chaplain attends civic functions and is responsible for prayers before council meetings and saying grace before any civic dinners.

Find out what the Mayor is doing, and the places she has visited by following her on Facebook here.