A photo of the Mayor of Dawlish, Alison Foden

The Mayor of Dawlish - Councillor Alison Foden

The Mayor is elected by the Full Council at the Annual Town Council meeting each May.  A Deputy Town Mayor is also elected.

Being the Mayor is different to being a Councillor.  A Mayor, by virtue of the Office, can stimulate community pride, encourage business, promote the voluntary sector etc and represent the Council at civic events.

The Mayor is the public face of the Council and with this in mind the Mayor needs to portray a genuine interest in those s/he meets, show enthusiasm and commitment to the role and always be mindful of the dignity of the office.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor are serving two consecutive terms from May 2019 to May 2021.

Councillor Foden has selected the following as her Mayoral Charities and undertakes fundraising throughout her term of office for these causes:

Invite the Mayor to attend your event

The Mayor attends a range of events throughout their Mayoral term – if you would like to invite Councillor Foden to an event please contact us.  You will be advised whether the Mayor is able to attend or not; if they have a prior engagement the Deputy Mayor will be asked to attend as the Council’s representative.

There is a civic aspect to the role of Town Mayor. She will be required to attend a wide spectrum of events organised by local organisations, as well as representing the parish of Dawlish at functions outside of the town.

Taking on the role of Mayor is a significant voluntary undertaking as he/she may be required to attend events on a daily basis or sometimes several events in one day.

Through the Town Mayor’s office, he or she organises various charity fundraising events and projects each year. For example charity meals, quiz nights, family fun days and bucket collections and more.

The Deputy Mayor for 2020/21 is Councillor Val Mawhood.

A photo of Councillor Val Mawhood

Councillor Mawhood will attend events and chair meetings as required when the Town Mayor is unavailable.