Mayor - Councillor Gordon Jackson
The Mayor of Guildford for 2016-17 is Councillor Gordon Jackson.
Cllr Jackson is member for the Pirbright ward and has been a councillor since 2010. He has been a member of the planning committee since his election and was Chairman of this committee from June 2012 to April 2013. Following on from this role, he became Lead Member for Economic Development, Tourism and Heritage. Currently, Cllr Jackson is Chairman of the Corporate Governance and Standards Committee.
Gordon has chosen his mayoral theme as 'Inspiring Tomorrow's Solutions Today' and builds on last year's mayoral theme of 'Inspiring Guildford's Future Innovators'.
The Mayor said: 'My overall theme is to celebrate Guildford's role at the heart of innovation, along two main strands. The first is to promote a culture and a sense of place in Guildford that supports continued innovation. The second is to highlight new approaches to the management of our landscapes and the role that an increased connection with the countryside can play in improved health and well-being. I believe it is important to meet the challenges of the future by encouraging innovative, sustainable solutions, balancing the needs of our society with smart economic growth whilst protecting our natural environment.'
The Mayor's chosen charities for the year are Surrey Cancer Research Institute and The Surrey Hills Trust Fund.
Surrey Cancer Research Institute is a virtual institute aimed at promoting cancer research. It was jointly established by the University of Surrey and the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford. The institute's aim is to develop innovative approaches to cancer treatment and saving lives.
The Surrey Hills Trust Fund has been established in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey to safeguard the future of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The Deputy Mayor for 2016-17 is Cllr Nigel Manning.
Gordon has lived in Surrey since he was two years old. He was educated at Reed's School, Cobham, and studied law at Newcastle University, marrying his wife Sue three weeks after graduation. For the last 35 years Gordon and Sue have lived in Pirbright and have two sons, a daughter and granddaughter, with two more grandchildren expected in June.
Gordon qualified as a solicitor in 1977 and practised corporate and commercial law for 35 years before retiring in 2010.
As a strong supporter of the arts, Gordon has a great interest in the heritage of Guildford. He believes that is it important to encourage the cultural vitality of the town to make Guildford a place where people want to live, work, play and stay.
In his role as Lead Member, Gordon championed the development of our Borough's Visitor Strategy and he continues to be a Director of Experience Guildford, the Business Improvement District, which was set up in partnership with local businesses to manage and promote the town. He has recently been appointed Chairman of the newly formed Destination Marketing Partnership for Guildford.
In his spare time Gordon reads avidly and is a keen walker and photographer. Gordon and Sue are regular theatre goers and have travelled widely over the years, but still have a long list of places they wish to visit. At the moment their primary focus is on their expanding roles as grandparents.