New Mayor for Tonbridge and Malling

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Last Updated: 21 May 2019 12:09pm

A new Mayor has been elected for Tonbridge and Malling. Cllr Jill Anderson, who represents Hadlow and East Peckham ward, succeeded Cllr Pam Bates at Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Annual Council meeting on Monday 20 May 2019.

Jill has lived in Hadlow for many years. Her husband, Keith, died in 2003 and her children now have their own families.

She was first elected to the Borough Council on a by-election in March 1990 and served on several committees.

Following the Cabinet arrangements introduced in 2003, she held portfolios for Housing and Environmental Services. In 2017 she relinquished her Cabinet responsibilities and was appointed Chairman of the Licensing & Appeals Committee, a post she had to give up when elected Mayor of the Borough. She is a member of the Advisory Board on Communities and Housing and also a member of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee, Licensing and Appeals Committee, Parish Partnership Panel, the Tonbridge Forum, Areas 1 and 2 Planning Committees and vice-Chairman of the Joint Employee Consultative Committee.

She was a Council representative on the Tonbridge CAB Trustee Board, including 8 years as Chairman, and on the committee of the Tonbridge Volunteer Bureau.

Before being elected to the Borough Council, from 1979-91 Jill was a member of Hadlow Parish Council, taking a particular interest in Planning matters.

She has served on the Governing Bodies of four local schools: Tonbridge Grammar School for Girls, Hugh Christie and Hadlow CP and was Chairman of Woodlands CP.

Jill works from home part-time as Advertising Manager for an Estate Agent in Sevenoaks.

Cllr Jill Anderson says “I have had a most enjoyable year as Deputy Mayor serving the community of Tonbridge and Malling and I’m really looking forward to this coming year in my role as Mayor.  It will be my aim throughout the year to help raise awareness of all the fantastic work carried out by volunteers, community groups, schools and businesses and to meet more residents whilst travelling and working around the borough.”

The charity Jill has chosen to support during her year of office is CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), which is a national UK charity preventing young sudden cardiac deaths through awareness, screening and research, and supporting affected families.

The Deputy Mayor for the coming year is Councillor Roger Roud, who represents East Malling ward.