The Mayor of Woking
On Thursday 18 May 2017, Cllr Graham Cundy was elected as Woking Borough's 44th Mayor at the official Mayor-Making Ceremony, which took place at the Civic Offices during the Annual Meeting of Woking Borough Council.
Originally from Wanstead, Cllr Cundy moved to Woking in 1980 and has been living in St Johns ever since. He had a career in insurance before retiring to spend more time with his family and help look after his grandchildren.
Cllr Cundy became a Conservative councillor for St Johns in 1996 after becoming interested in village issues. He said "I got involved to make a difference. The enjoyment I get from seeing positive things happen makes it very worthwhile."
Cllr Cundy believes that Public Realm is very important when considering development and that this contributes significantly to civic pride. His greatest achievement as a councillor has been his involvement in planning. He was formerly Portfolio Holder for planning and has held the position of Planning Chairman on several occasions.
During his Mayoral year, Cllr Cundy is looking forward to supporting voluntary organisations across the Borough. He explains: "The Mayoress and I take real pleasure in giving these worthy causes our support and encouragement."
Cllr Cundy's message for residents is to get involved in the many volunteering opportunities available in Woking. "There are so many ways to help, even if you don't have much time."
During his Mayoral year, Cllr Cundy will be supported by his wife Sarah and his two daughters and three grandchildren. As well as enjoying walking and gardening, Cllr Cundy also takes a big share of grandparenting duties for two of his young grandchildren who live in Horsell. His second daughter lives in Australia, with a fourth grandchild due in June.
The Mayor's Charity
Cllr Cundy will be raising funds and awareness of yourSanctuary, a local charity based in Woking that supports people who are experiencing domestic abuse. He said: "This is a service that every Borough needs. I want people who need it to know that help is out there."
Contact the Mayor
Any correspondence should be sent to the Mayoral and Civic Support Officer, Pauline Jackson at the Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking, Surrey GU21 6YL, telephone 01483 743025 or email firstname.lastname@example.org