The current Mayor
Councillor John Ward was elected as the Farnham Town Mayor in May 2016. He will hold this position until May 2017. The Mayor’s Consort is Gillian Ward.
The Deputy Mayor
The Deputy Mayor of Farnham for 2016/17 is Cllr Mike Hodge.
Inviting the Mayor to your event
About the Mayor
The Mayor is Farnham’s first citizen. Town councillors elect the Town Mayor annually. The Mayor-making ceremony takes place in early May at the annual Council meeting. The Mayor is elected to office for one year.
The Town Mayor chairs the Town’s Council meetings and represents the town at civic and ceremonial functions. During the mayoral year, the Mayor will attend around 300 engagements.
The Mayor acts as an ambassador for Farnham, promoting and upholding the character of the town, supporting community groups and projects.
Every year the Town Mayor chooses a charity for which he/she wishes to raise funds during the mayoral year.
Farnham has had a town mayor since 1984. See the list of past Mayors for details about who has held the title.
History of the Mayoral role
The office of Mayor was brought to this country by the Normans in the 11th century and the word ‘Mayor’ derives from the Latin word ‘maior’ meaning greater.
The Mayor has always been acknowledged as the ‘First Citizen’.