Councillor Valerie White was chosen as the 45th Mayor of Surrey Heath at the Annual Meeting of Surrey Heath Borough Council on 17 May 2017.
Cllr White has lived in the borough for 30 years, and been a councillor for Bagshot ward since 2011. She was last year’s Deputy Mayor for Surrey Heath.
Cllr White has served on various committees including Planning, Licensing, Audit and Standards, and the Local Area Committee.
She has also been a Windlesham Parish Councillor since 2003, serving as chair three times, and is currently vice-chair.
At the Mayor-making ceremony, Cllr White was sworn in as Mayor of Surrey Heath for the forthcoming year, receiving the Mayoral robe and chain of office. Cllr White succeeds the previous Surrey Heath Mayor, Cllr John Winterton.
Cllr Dan Adams, who represents St Paul’s ward, was elected Deputy Mayor.
Cllr White and her husband have run a local aerial photography company for the last 25 years. She is also active in Bagshot Business Association, Bagshot Society, and community events.
She was instrumental in working with Surrey County Council to keep Bagshot Library open as a Community Partnership Library, which is now run by volunteers.
Her interests include quizzes, watching football, reading and sewing.
While carrying out her Mayoral duties throughout the year, Cllr White will be accompanied by her husband David.
Cllr White said: “I am honoured to become the 45th Mayor of Surrey Heath, and look forward to a busy year serving the community where I have lived for the past 30 years.”
The chosen charities for her Mayoral year are the Lisa May Foundation and Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue.
Cllr White added: “‘Both of these charities are close to my heart – I have worked closely with local charity the Lisa May Foundation for many years, and more recently with Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue, and look forward to fundraising for them throughout my mayoral year.”
Outgoing Mayor Cllr John Winterton said: “At the close of my Mayoral year, I would like to say what an amazing year it has been for myself and my wife Di as Mayoress.
“The office of Mayor is indeed a highly privileged one, and I wouldn’t have missed it for anything.
“Above all, I shall remember the rich blessing of so many varied and dedicated volunteers in Surrey Heath who have helped to make this community such an amazing place to live.
“I wish Cllr White the very best for her Mayoral year to come.”