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The Town Mayor is the first citizen of the town and is elected to the post by fellow Councillors The Mayor
at the Town Council's annual meeting in May each year. The role of Mayor is a non-political
position and during the mayoral year, a Mayor puts aside council duties to concentrate on the
role as the town’s first citizen.

The Mayor chairs Council meetings and attends many functions within the town. These include
representing the Council at civic functions, receiving dignitaries, attending dinners, opening
events, talking to clubs and societies and visiting schools. The Mayor asks the Deputy Mayor
to stand in if he/she is not available.

 

 

The Mayor is Councillor Lynn Forbes
The Deputy Mayor is Cllr Tony Lack
The Deputy Mayoress is Claire Lack

Cllr Forbes says: “I am honoured to have been elected as Town Mayor, as, after 33 years of living andDeputy Mayor
bringing up my family in Woosehill, I feel that Wokingham is home to me and my family.My two boys
Brendon and Chris attended Walter County infants, St. Paul’s Primary and Forest Boys
School as it was called then. Both are now very successful in their chosen careers thanks to the
excellent schooling here in Wokingham. I’m proud to again be involved with our local schools where
students are engaged in the Town Councils Competition to eradicate graffiti and litter in our lovely
new town. And our second project of having secondary school students on our town committees.
I’ve had a very successful career from being a Police cadet and Police woman in the Surrey and
Devon and Cornwall constabularies to working in IT and Telecommunication for such companies as
Hewlett-Packard, Nortel Networks, Vodafone and Dell.


I have a passion for all that is Wokingham; some four years ago I was approached by local residents
and they asked me to stand for the Town Council. As they say –  the rest is history and  I’m now in
my second term in Evendons West. Beginning my second term on the Town Council I and my fellow
Councillors are here to nurture the heart of Wokingham. Which for me is a town with heart,
community, and an outstanding feel-good factor. Like you, I am proud to be part of Wokingham. I
invite you to join me and our Councillors to work together to keep Wokingham the place where we
are proud to live and bring up our families.

As an animal lover I have chosen the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre as my charity
during my year as Mayor. For the last 50 years this centre has cared for and re-homed many, many
needy animals.


It’s lovely to see the Town Centre blossom with the new retailers bringing Peach Place alive. They
share our vision for Wokingham. Each enhancing the town’s retail offering and ensuring Wokingham
is the place to want to live. Soon we will have more retail opportunity in Elms field with its cinema,
supermarket cafés and inclusive play park.
This year sees the 800th anniversary of our market, which has recently gone from strength to
strength. Mark your calendars for the 14th September and watch for information on The Love
Wokingham website and the Town Councils social media for detailed information as it becomes
available. I look forward to welcoming you to the days celebrations with my fellow Councillors.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible as I carry out my role as Mayor.”