I am delighted to be able to introduce myself in the capacity as your newly elected Town Mayor for the coming term.
I am proud and honoured and take the trust you have shown in me very seriously. I commit to serving the residents of Marlow to the very best of my abilities and of course with enthusiasm, compassion and devotion.
Marlow became my home at the tender young age of 6 months old when my family took up residence here in 1960. I attended St Peters Street infant school, Holy Trinity Junior School and Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, and I have served the bulk of my career in the pharmaceutical industry. My career has taken me in and out of my beloved town and around the globe, but ultimately I settled back here to run my own business in consultancy. Each time I have returned home over the years I still love the feeling of crossing the bridge and being home again.
My position as Mayor is ambassadorial on behalf of the town, and I also chair the Town Council. I am taking up this role at a time when it is not only important to have a real presence in supporting residents and businesses, but to echo strongly the voice of the town at both county and district levels, lobbying for better support as we drive the change we need.
We have more events, activities and change taking place in Marlow than ever before and while change is exciting, sometimes it is very negative - like defending our town against the imposition of parking meters. We have proved over the last year that we can galvanise our team collectively, though with all our different interests to protect - and also manage what happens in Marlow.
I’m a pragmatist by nature and so my main focus will be to continue to drive change sympathetically. I will also focus on delivery as one team alongside all the interest groups and stakeholders in Marlow.
I am delighted that Cllr Tim Avery, with his local knowledge and skills, will support me as my Deputy Mayor. Tim is another born and bred Marlovian, and while we promise we won’t dwell too much on the past, telling “Marlow memories and stories” with our collective 100-plus years of residency, we will use our long experience and understanding of the town to make sure we remember the people we met along the way - who made Marlow what it is today.
Finally a message of appreciation to the outgoing Town Mayor, Cllr Jocelyn Towns, for her skills, guidance and dedication this last year in leading us and rallying the “One powerful voice of Marlow.”
Mayor of Marlow, Councillor Chris Funnell