Daventry Town Mayor
The Mayor is chosen annually by the Council and fulfills two important roles: firstly, they Chair the meetings of Council; and, secondly, are the First Citizen of the Town.
As Chairman of Council they are responsible for seeing that the meetings are conducted in a seemly manner in accordance with the Council's constitution, and carry a casting vote in the event of a stalemate.
As First Citizen of the Town the Mayor acts as the principal ambassador of the Council and will attend around 100 engagements each year. This will include hosting annual events such as the welcoming of royalty and distinguished visitors to the Town, hosting receptions for local organisations, launching Council initiatives and visiting local groups and companies at their invitation often to mark a significant event such as the opening of a new building or the presentation of certificates.
Town Mayor 2021-22
Following Daventry Town Council's Annual Town Meeting on 17th May 2021, Cllr Karen Tweedale was elected to the position of Mayor of Daventry for the Council Year 2021/2022.
Cllr Tweedale has lived in Daventry for the last 12 years. In 2012 she became actively involved in the Local Resident Association, initially formed to campaign for another school to be built in the area. It was this community aspect that Karen loved about Daventry 'I enjoy helping and encouraging people to come together and the aim of community events is to ensure that people feel involved in the area they live in'.
In 2014 Karen was elected to join the Town Council and one of her fondest memories to date is dressing up as an elf to help Santa at the Christmas Grotto and helping steward at the Motorbike Festival.
Karen said "Dear friends and family, I am absolutely over the moon to share with you the news that I have been elected Chair of Daventry Town Council at the Annual Town Council Meeting which took place last night. This also means that for the next twelve months I am Mayor of Daventry. I can't tell you how proud and privileged I feel to have such an honour bestowed upon me and will do my very best to do the very best I can to serve the people of our great town".
The Deputy Mayor for 2020-2021 is Councillor Malcolm Ogle.
Would you like the Mayor to attend your event?
The Mayor has previously attended many community events to help promote and raise awareness of local charities and organisations, however as many events have been cancelled or postponed, the Mayor would still like to help raise awareness of any activities via the Town Council's social media pages. If you would like the Mayor to learn more about your organisation or charity, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you be lucky enough to be able to organise an event, the Mayor would love to attend (as long as it is safe to do so). The Mayor attends events, free of charge. For a Mayor's Engagement form please click on the document below.
The Mayor's Charity
Each Mayor nominates their own chosen charity and Karen Tweedale has chosen Muscular Dystrophy UK - a charity that is very close to her heart.
"So why am I choosing this charity? A very dear friend of mine lives with MD - I have watched her grow up since the age of seven and have seen the devastating effects of this terrible disease. Also in 2011 I lost my best friend Linda to a rare aggressive form of this awful disease.
I am going to be doing a sponsored skydive in September and am inviting those interested to join me. It will most likely take place in September."