Published Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Following the borough-wide election on 2 May, new and returning councillors attended Waverley Borough Council's Annual Council meeting.
During the meeting, Councillor John Ward was appointed as the new Leader of the Council and Councillor Mary Foryszewski appointed as the new Mayor of Waverley.
At the event, which took place in the Council Chamber in Godalming on Tuesday 21 May, Councillor Ward (Farnham Residents), who is ward member for Farnham Shortheath and Boundstone, said he was ‘delighted’ to take up the position.
He was proposed by Councillor David Beaman and seconded by Councillor Paul Follows to step into the chief position and provide the council with effective leadership and strategic direction.
Councillor Ward also announced that his Deputy Leader would be Councillor Paul Follows (Liberal Democrats), ward member for Godalming Central and Ockford.
Other members of the council’s new Executive are as follows:
- Councillor David Beaman (Farnham Residents)
- Councillor Andy MacLeod (Farnham Residents)
- Councillor Mark Merryweather (Liberal Democrats)
- Councillor John Neale (Farnham Residents)
- Councillor Nicholas Palmer (Labour)
- Councillor Anne-Marie Rosoman (Liberal Democrats)
- Councillor Steve Williams (Green)
The new Mayor of Waverley
The new Mayor of Waverley Borough Council, Councillor Mary Foryszewski was also elected to the civic and ceremonial role at the Annual Council Meeting.
She will hold the post for one year, attending a wide variety of engagements, acting as an ambassador for the council, as well as chairing council meetings and raising awareness of male mental ill-health. The Mayor would also like to find a local charity that offers animal therapy to raise funds for during her time in the role.
She was nominated for the position by Councillor Carole Cockburn and seconded by Councillor Paul Follows. The Mayor said: “I am so looking forward to undertaking this role and getting to see more of our wonderful borough and its residents over the next year.
The Mayor, who has lived in the borough since 1989, has been a Waverley councillor since 2003 and owns a small dog training business. She also enjoys gardening and musical theatre in her spare time.
Denise Le Gal was Mayor from May 2018. During her time in the role she raised £5,200 plus gift aid for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, which supports soldiers and veterans from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need.
Denise said some of her favourite times as Mayor included unveiling the Memorial Stone for Canadian soldiers, who served in the First and Second World Wars, at Milford Common and all the Remembrance services that marked the end of the centenary of the First World War and commemorated the sacrifices made by those soldiers.