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Mayor Portraits

Councillor Sallie Barker MBE is the Mayor of Guildford for 2024-25.

She's been a councillor of Pilgrims Ward since 2023 and was Deputy Mayor for 2023-2024.

About Sallie

Sallie began her commitment to public service during her teaching career. She served as an Officer in the Territorial Army for nearly 20 years. She moved to Guildford in 1988. She lives in Guildford with her partner, Phil. They enjoy the many social opportunities on offer and taking long walks in the nearby countryside.

Mayor's theme

In her Mayoral year Sallie will focus on 'Making connections for the wellbeing of our communities'. Sallie has a passion for bringing people together to work towards a common goal.  She hopes that her Mayoral year will provide the perfect opportunity to do this.

She particularly wants to encourage conversations about our wellbeing. Although unable to fundraise for all the great charities in our borough, she will attend as many events as possible. Sallie will help organisations to raise their profile and to fundraise for themselves.

She will support The Mayor of Guildford's Local Support Fund. It helps people facing financial problems. Guildford Philanthropy will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. To mark this significant anniversary, Sallie will also be helping them to raise funds.

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Deputy Mayor

Councillor Howard Smith is the Deputy Mayor of Guildford for 2024-25.