The Mayor's Profile and Diary
The current Mayor is Councillor Fay Evans.
The new Mayor of Southend, Cllr Fay Evans has been inaugurated as the 97th first citizen of the Borough.
The Mayor’s Charity Fund for the 2017/18 municipal year will be supporting Breast and Prostate Cancer.
Councillor Derek Jarvis was also made Deputy Mayor for the municipal year of the 2017/18.
A list of all of the Mayors since the date of incorporation can be found here.
The Role of Mayor
The current protocol is that the Councillor who has served the longest and who wishes to be Mayor, is nominated as Deputy Mayor, they are then automatically nominated to become Mayor the following year.
The role of the Mayor is purely ceremonial. They do continue to carry out ward work, but this must be in their role as a Councillor and not a Mayor.
Within the Council the Mayor’s main responsibility is to chair the meetings of the Full Council, held in the Council chamber, where all 51 Councillors debate and confirm Council policy.
Externally, the Mayor is the figurehead of our town and of the people of Southend. This involves promoting charities and voluntary organisations, the business community and education. The Mayor opens events and makes presentations, attends functions as your representative, hosts events organised by the Council and receives high profile visitors to the town. In so doing the Mayor represents and promotes Southend to a wide audience.
The Mayor is invited to attend around 300 engagements during her year in office, for example:
- Presiding over citizenship ceremonies
- Many charity events held at Porters, our Civic house or other sites in town
- Walking buses
- Opening new businesses
- Seeing many of the Amateur Dramatic productions
- Opening the high street's themed markets
- Visiting the university, college, schools etc
- Formal visits to most of the other authorities in Essex
On the occasion when the Mayor is unable to attend an engagement due to previous commitments, the Deputy Mayor will attend on behalf of the Mayor.
The Mayor's diary is available to download. Please note these diaries are only updated weekly so do not show last minute changes. In addition, events are often third party private functions and therefore may not be open to the public to attend.
If you have any questions or would like to invite the Mayor to an event that you are arranging, please contact the Mayoral Services Officer using the contact details below.
Unless there is an exceptional circumstance requests must be received a minimum of 10 days in advance.
Contact details for Stacy Marx:
- 01702 215141 (Direct)