New mayor, James Lark, with outgoing mayor Sue Bell
New mayor, James Lark, with outgoing mayor Sue Bell

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council appointed a new Mayor, Leader and Cabinet at their Annual Council meeting last night

A new Mayor, Leader of the Council, and Cabinet were appointed last night at a full council meeting in Tonbridge and Malling.

Cllr Matt Boughton, who represents East Peckham, West Peckham, Mereworth and Wateringbury, was re-elected as Leader.

Cllr Boughton went on to announce his cabinet, which is formed of six members:

  • Matt Boughton - Executive Leader
  • Martin Coffin - Deputy executive Leader; and transformation and infrastructure
  • Robin Betts - Climate change, regeneration and property
  • Des Keers - Community services
  • Kim Tanner - Finance and housing
  • Mike Taylor - Planning

Matt Boughton said: ‘While we were disappointed to lose our overall majority on the council at the elections on 4 May, I am delighted to be leading the council into a new era which will see co-operation and partnership between all parties at its heart. Our administration will continue to listen to everyone across the borough to do what is right for Tonbridge and Malling.’

Cllr James Lark was last night elected as the new mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, taking over from Cllr Mrs Sue Bell, for who he has served as deputy for the past year.

On taking up his role, Cllr James Lark said: ‘I want to thank Sue Bell for her very busy year in the role of Mayor, which will be a hard act to follow.  I am very much looking forward to the year ahead, serving the residents of Tonbridge and Malling.

‘I am proud to be supporting Arthurs Quest in my mayoral duties, an organisation that raises money for research into a rare genetic condition that currently affects a local seven-year-old boy and his sister.’

The Deputy Mayor for the coming year is Cllr Steve Hammond, who represents Aylesford South and Ditton ward.


Published: Thursday, 18th May 2023