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The Mayor, Civic and Ceremonial: Ashford Borough Council

The Mayor, Civic and Ceremonial

The Mayor of Ashford is the borough's first citizen. He/she is elected for a year's term of office at the annual meeting of the council in May.

Responsibilities of the Mayor include:

  • To chair meetings of the full council
  • To uphold and promote the purposes of the constitution
  • To host a number of civic events
  • To represent the borough at ceremonial occasions
  • To attend a wide range of events and presentations to which he/she is invited

The Mayor of the Borough of Ashford for 2016/17 is Councillor George Koowaree, who represents the Ashford Borough Ward of North Willesborough. The Mayoress for the municipal year 2016/17 will be Gloria Champion.

The Deputy Mayor for 2016/17 is Councillor Winston Michael, who represents the Ashford Borough Ward of Boughton & Aluph & Eastwell. The Deputy Mayoress will be Doreen Michael.

For more information on the Mayor's badge and chain of office please view our Borough Regalia webpage.

The Mayor's charity

This year the Mayor's charity is in aid of Riding for the Disabled and Carers Support (South Ashford). Donations should be made payable to "The Mayor's charity fund". If you are interested in supporting the Mayor’s charity please contact the Mayor's personal assistant.

To request the Mayor to attend an event

Please contact the Mayor's personal assistant, Andrea Collard, as early as possible. If the engagement is agreed relevant information must be sent to her at least two weeks before the event.

Email Andrea Collard: andrea.collard@ashford.gov.uk

Telephone: 01233 330317

or write to:

Mrs Andrea Collard
Mayor's Parlour
Civic Centre
Tannery Lane
Ashford, Kent
TN23 1PL


The Mayor always has precedence in Ashford borough except in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen or her representative

  • Please designate a person to be on hand to meet the Mayor on arrival and to introduce him/her to the host or the assembled company.
  • When the Mayor enters or leaves, it is customary for those present to rise
  • Unless the Mayor is chairing the meeting, he/she should be seated on the chairman's immediate right and, except for an introduction, it is usual for the Mayor to be the first speaker
  • The formal announcement of the Mayor is "The Worshipful the Mayor of Ashford"
  • Please address the Mayor as "Mr Mayor/Madam Mayor" and the Mayoress/Mayor's consort as "Mayoress/Mayor's consort"


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