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Making a positive difference: New Mayor embraces local community

The new Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Guildford have been appointed, following the Mayor-making ceremony today.

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Mayor Cllr Nigel Manning The Mayor for 2017-18 is Cllr Nigel Manning. His theme for his mayoral year is 'It's our community, support it, embrace it!'. With his theme Nigel wants to encourage residents, businesses and the local community to acknowledge and recognise individuals and groups who quietly give up their time and energy to help others.

The Mayor comments: "My theme 'It's our community, support it, embrace it!' is all about making a positive difference to our local community and this is so important. Our local groups and individuals who do this add so much compassion and diversity to our borough. My aim is to visit as many people and organisations as possible to see the work they do within our community and to personally thank the volunteers on behalf of all our residents."

The Mayor's chosen charity is the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and also the Mayor's Local Distress Fund. During his year in office, Nigel will be supporting events and activities to raise awareness and funds for BHF and the Mayor's Distress Fund.

Adds the Mayor: "I very much hope that people will join me throughout the year to lend support for these two worthwhile causes. There will be something for everyone to get involved in, from concerts and film nights to fairs and fun runs!"

Born in Brighton, Nigel has been a resident of the borough since 1990. In 2000 he became an Ash Parish councillor, and Nigel has been ward councillor for Ash Vale since 2001. The new Mayor has been a lead councillor on the Council's Executive since 2003 and a member of Guildford Local Committee since 2002. Nigel has been a member of the Council's Policy Panels and Audit, Employment and Licensing Committees. He was also chairman of the Corporate Governance and Standards Committee. In 2016, Nigel retired after a 41 year career working for HMRC.

The Deputy Mayor for 2016-17 is Cllr Mike Parsons.

Published on Wednesday 3 May.