The Mayor

The Town Mayor is Councillor David Bowater.
The Mayor is elected to the post each May at the Annual
Council Meeting. He or she normally serves for a one-year term.

Meet the Town Mayor

The Chairman of the Town Council is also known as the Town Mayor. There are two aspects to the role. As Chairman of the Council, the Mayor will Chair full council meetings. The Chair has a deciding vote, but otherwise has no further powers beyond any of the other 20 Town Councillors and all Council decisions are made by majority vote.

The Mayor is also a civic role, requiring attendance at a wide spectrum of events organised by local organisations, as well as representing the parish of Leighton-Linslade at functions outside of the town. Through the Town Mayor’s office, he or she organises various charity fundraising events each year. 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. 

Cllr David Bowater was inaugurated as Town Mayor for 2019 – 2020 at the Annual meeting of Leighton-Linslade Town Council. Cllr Bowater was delighted to take up his post and the Mayoress, Mrs Jo Bowater was also in attendance.

Upcoming Events

Details on upcoming events coming soon..

Town Mayor’s Charities
Cllr Bowater will raise funds during his term of office for Hospice at Home, Motor Neurone disease association and Yes We Can.

Addressing the Mayor
It is normal practice, when introducing the Mayor at a function to refer to him as either “Mr Mayor”, “Town Mayor of Leighton-Linslade” or “Councillor Bowater”.

Mayoral Invitations
The Mayor welcomes invitations from local organisations to attend functions and fund raising events. He is often asked to make a speech or to perform duties as varied as presenting certificates for a sports club or digging the first sod for a tree planting ceremony.

The Mayor also represents the town of Leighton-Linslade in the wider area and receives invitations from Mayors and Chairmen within Bedfordshire and the surrounding counties, as well as our twin towns in France and Germany.

The Deputy Mayor
Cllr Farzana Kharawala deputises whenever the Town Mayor is unavailable.

Town Mayor 2017-2018

Outgoing Town Mayor, Cllr Clive Palmer raised over £10,600 during his term of office and was pleased to present cheques to representatives from his chosen charities.