Councillor Pat Tedder was chosen as the 48th Mayor of Surrey Heath at the Annual Meeting of Surrey Heath Borough Council on 20 May 2020.
Cllr Tedder was a councillor for Chobham ward from 2011, and since May 2019 has been one of the current councillors for the new Windlesham and Chobham Ward.
At the virtual Mayor-making ceremony, Cllr Tedder was sworn in as Mayor of Surrey Heath for the forthcoming year, receiving the Mayoral chain of office.
Cllr Tedder succeeds the previous Surrey Heath Mayor, Cllr Robin Perry.
Cllr Sarah Jane Croke, who represents Frimley ward, was elected Deputy Mayor.
Cllr. Tedder was born in Windlesham and has spent all of her life in the area. She has raised her family, worked as a PA to a local company director, and been deeply involved in her local community in many ways to preserve its uniqueness and invaluable local assets and amenities for future generations.
Cllr Tedder has been a Chobham Parish Councillor for over 30 years, and has served on many committees and local charities during that time, including as a Governor of Valley End School.
Cllr Tedder is the current Chairman of the W C Lees Resthouses in Windlesham, and an active member and officer of the Chobham Royal British Legion. She is also Chairman of the Valley End Institute, having helped save this valuable community asset from dereliction.
Cllr Tedder was married to Les, her husband for 55 years, before he passed away late last year. She has two children and four grandchildren. Her daughter Elizabeth will be accompanying her during her term of office.
Since her election in 2011, Cllr Tedder has served on various committees including External Partnerships, Licensing and Planning Applications. She has also represented the Council on a number of Outside Bodies, including Chobham Common Liaison Group, Henry Smith Charity, Miss Gomms Trust, Surrey County Playing Fields Association, and SCC’s Local Area Committee.
During her Mayoral year, Cllr Tedder intends to raise the profile of the army of unseen volunteers and good Samaritans that provide much needed support to so many within the Borough, demonstrating the power of community spirit.
Cllr Tedder said: “I am very honoured and proud to represent the Borough of Surrey Heath as its 48th Mayor.
“This coming year will be a unique and challenging one, as we are living in extremely strange times with Covid-19, where there are at the moment no social gatherings or functions to promote our Borough. Therefore, we must be innovative and creative to think of new ways to unite the whole of the Borough and make us proud to live and work in Surrey Heath.”
Cllr Tedder has chosen three charities to support during the year:
- Hearing Dogs for the Deaf: A charity which trains and arranges for dogs to live with deaf people and help them in their daily lives.
- Action on Hearing Loss (Royal National Institute for the Deaf): This charity undertakes research into the causes of deafness and ways to prevent or repair the damage.
- The Hope Hub: A charity which offers help and support to the homeless in Surrey Heath.
Outgoing Mayor Cllr Robin Perry said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the Borough as its Mayor. I have been proud to represent and to participate in a very wide range of activities in our wonderful Surrey Heath.
“My sincere thanks go to the Members who elected me, and to the officers who have supported and helped me perform the tasks involved.
“Particular thanks also go to the team who have helped me with fundraising activities for the Mayor’s Charities.
“The Mayoress and I have greatly enjoyed the experience, albeit that we ‘lost’ the last two months because of the pandemic, with more than 50 of our key events sadly having to be cancelled.
“I wish the incoming Mayor, Cllr Pat Tedder, all the very best for a successful year in office.”