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Hertsmere's Mayor

Last Modified September 18, 2020

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 Deputy Mayor to attend your events.

This year’s Mayor is Cllr Cynthia Barker.

Mayor Cynthia Barker sadly passed away on 14th September 2020.  Tributes have been paid by the group leaders.

Photograph of Mayor Cynthia Barker, 2020-2021 wearing chains of officeCynthia lived in Hertsmere for 29 years.  She served as town councillor for Elstree and Borehamwood and borough councillor for Potters Bar from May 2015 to May 2019.  She was re-elected to Hertsmere to represent the Borehamwood Kenilworth ward in May 2019.

Her role at the town council included working with the community to improve the wellbeing of resident’s lives.  As vice-chair of the Entertainments Committee, she played an active role in choosing events and entertainments for the local residents.  She was one of the two town council representatives for the Youth Council.

For Hertsmere, Cynthia served on a variety of committees including Operations Review, Audit and Member Training and Development Group, which she chaired for three years.  More recently she served on the Asset Management Panel, Personnel Appeals, Policy Review and Local Joint Committee.

Cynthia was a trustee for Elstree and Borehamwood Museum, trustee for the Sixty Plus Club, school governor for St Nicholas Church of England School, committee member of Elstree and Borehamwood NSPCC branch and a member of Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood, all as voluntary roles.


This year's Deputy Mayor is Cllr Anne Swerling. 

Photograph of Deputy Mayor Anne Swerling, 2020-2021 wearing chains of officeAnne has lived in Hertsmere for more than 30 years.  She was elected as a borough councillor for Bushey Park, where she lives, in 2014 and was re-elected to the same ward in 2015 and 2019.

For Hertsmere, Anne has served on a variety of committees including Personnel as Vice-Chair, Operations Review, Licensing and the Standards Committee which she chaired last year.  She is also involved with Member Training and Development, Performance Monitoring and is on the Grants Panel.

Outside her council commitments Anne is churchwarden at St Peter’s, Bushey Heath, a governor at Ashfield School, on the committee of Bushey & Oxhey Care as one of their duty officers and is a member of the Bushey Forum all of which she enjoys and does voluntarily.

How to invite the Deputy Mayor to an event:

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

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

Once your engagement has been accepted, you will receive a confirmation.

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

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

Or email: mayors.secretary@hertsmere.gov.uk

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

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