Cllr Jocelyn Towns has recently been elected as your Mayor and wanted to share the following message with local residents:
I’m proud and delighted to be Marlow’s Town Mayor this year - for the third time!
I have been a Town Councillor since 2007 and first held the role of Town Mayor for two terms - in 2011 and 2012. Last time I took on the role I was in full-time employment, which was challenging, but the company I worked for was very supportive, for which I’m grateful. I’m no longer working, so this term should be a lot less stressful for me!
As well as leading all Town Council meetings I sit on various working groups and lead the Vision for Marlow, our 10-year strategic plan for the town.
Marlow is a fabulous place and I am so pleased it’s where I chose to live. This is a vibrant town, with masses of activities for all age groups. Much of this is due to the support of residents and parents who work tirelessly to ensure that the many associations, societies and sports clubs flourish.
In my eleven years as a Councillor I have come to understand the workings of the town, with everything that means, and what we need to deliver for the people of Marlow.
During the last two years I have been deputy to Bob Johnson, our previous Town Mayor, from whom I have learnt a lot. He did a great job and will be a hard act to follow. I know I have done this before, but each year is different in an ever-changing society. My deputy this year is Chris Funnell. I know he will be a great help and I look forward to you meeting him, though many of you will already know him, as he is an Old Borlasian.
Before becoming a Town Councillor, my community activities included being on the parent teacher association at the school that my girls attended in North London. I was also on the committee of the Variety Club Record Industry Ball and worked on a number of charity film premieres. Between jobs in 2006, I saw an advertisement to work for the Town Council on the Marlow Healthcheck. This was a review of the town on what was working, what needed attention and what areas could be improved. So when it was suggested I stand as a Town Councillor, I readily agreed. The work on the Healthcheck was very useful background in helping determine the Vision for Marlow.
The role of Town Mayor is both ambassadorial and non-political. The Mayor hosts a number of civic functions within the town and attends, wherever possible, civic events around the county - as well as answering requests for a Mayoral presence, not just in Marlow, but also within the Buckinghamshire community.
Each year the Town Mayor supports a charity and this year is no different. I have chosen the local branch of Macmillan Cancer Support as my charity, a very worthy cause, and I look forward to working with Sally Carter who runs Macmillan locally.
I am very proud to serve my town as your Town Mayor, and look forward to working with you and for you in the year ahead.