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Hertsmere's Mayor

Last Modified May 24, 2018

We have a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor every year, who are chosen by the leading political group of the council. Their term of office runs for the Municipal Year. Each Mayor chooses a charity/charities which they will raise money for during their year.

We welcome invitations from local organisations for our Mayor / Deputy Mayor to attend your events.

This year’s Mayor is Councillor Brenda Batten.

Cllr Brenda Batten as MayorBrenda and her husband, John, have been happily married for almost 50 years and have two daughters and four grandchildren.  She has lived in Bushey since 1970, first joining Hertsmere in the 1980’s.  She has been on many varied committees and panels and has recently stepped down as Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Culture which she held for nearly ten years.

Brenda retired from teaching at a large comprehensive school in Harrow where she taught English and held the post of Assistant Head Teacher in charge of the lower school.

She has been active in the community as a school governor, friend of Bushey Museum and Bushey Festival and has served on several local voluntary organisation committees.

Her hobbies include golf, crossword, theatre and her family.


 This year's Deputy Mayor is Councillor Alan Plancey. 

Cllr Alan Plancey as Deputy MayorAlan was born in Scotland and has lived in Borehamwood for over forty years.  He is married to Miriam and they have a large family made up of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

After retiring as a minister, he became a Hertfordshire County Councillor and then a Hertsmere Councillor serving on a variety of committees including Children’s Services and Education.

Alan has been the Chaplain of Hertsmere Police for over thirty years, as well as Chaplain to Luton Airport and has been active nationally in interfaith activities.

He enjoys reading, travelling, attending social activities and spending time with his family.



How to invite the Mayor to an event:

The Mayor is invited to hundreds of engagements every year. If you would like her to attend an event, please make a request as soon as possible.

The Mayor tries to fulfil as many engagements as she can, so may have to arrive at a later time than you would like or leave before the end of a function.

It is customary for the Mayor/Deputy Mayor to be greeted on arrival and the correct form of address is “The Worshipful, the Mayor/Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Hertsmere.”

If the Mayor cannot attend, the Deputy Mayor will be asked to go as the Mayor’s representative. Once your engagement has been accepted, you will receive confirmation.

If you would like the Mayor to attend an event, please write to:

The Mayor’s Office,
Hertsmere Borough Council,
Civic Offices,
Elstree Way,

Or email:

For further help, please call the Mayor's Office on 020 8207 7477.

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