New Mayor encourages people to get involved

18 May 2017

This evening (Thursday 18 May) Cllr Graham Cundy was elected Woking Borough’s 44th Mayor at the official Mayor-Making Ceremony held in the Council Chamber. This is his second term as Mayor, having held the post in 2004.

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 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.”

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.”

Cllr Cundy will be supported in his Mayoral year 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.

Woking’s Deputy Mayor this year is Cllr Will Forster, who represents the Hoe Valley ward.