The Mayor of Woking

On Thursday 17 May 2018, Cllr Will Forster was elected as Woking Borough's 45th Mayor at the official Mayor-Making Ceremony, which took place at the Civic Offices during the Annual Meeting of Woking Borough Council.

A resident of Woking all his life, Will was born in Frimley Park Hospital in 1986 and grew up in Goldsworth Park before moving to Westfield. He now resides in Hill View with his partner Hannah Thompson, who will support him during his Mayoral year.

With a passion for politics, Will is a Liberal Democrat Councillor on Woking Borough Council for Hoe Valley and also on Surrey County Council for Woking South. At work, he currently runs much of the constituency operations for one of the South East's ten Members of European Parliament.

"I originally became a county councillor to help improve the lives of vulnerable people in our society, particularly children" explains Will.

True to his word, Will recently had a bill passed in Council to take all young care leavers out of the Council Tax system until they are 25, a motion that was unanimously supported across all parties. Speaking of the achievement, he says: "I was delighted when Council backed my motion. Care leavers have some of the worse life chances in the country and this decision is a significant step in the right direction towards helping them transition successfully to adulthood."

The new Mayor is looking forward to discovering the good work being done by the many voluntary organisations across the Borough. "I know my local area very well" Will explains "so I look forward to meeting them in a slightly different context as well as going further afield to parts of Woking that I am not so familiar with. My diary is already filling up rapidly!"

When not hard at work, Will enjoys walking and cycling around Surrey's beauty spots with Hannah and dining out at local eateries. His message for residents is simple: "Woking has so much happening that most people aren't aware of, why not find something that interests you and get involved in the active volunteer, cultural and social life of the Borough?"

The Mayor's Charity

During his Mayoral year, Will has chosen to support Woking's local homeless charity, the York Road Project, which provides emergency lodging and longer term accommodation and ongoing support to help those experiencing homelessness get back on their feet.

Will explains: "My grandmother used to support this excellent charity and as a result I have grown up supporting it too. I was surprised to hear that it has never been the Mayor's charity before and so I am hoping that I can help raise funds for this very deserving cause, as well as raise awareness on how the people of Woking can best help people who have fallen on hard times."

The Deputy Mayor

The Deputy Mayor of Woking for the 2018/19 Municipal Year is Councillor Mrs Beryl Hunwicks.

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 pauline.jackson@woking.gov.uk