Councillor Dan Adams was chosen as the 46th Mayor of Surrey Heath at the Annual Meeting of Surrey Heath Borough Council yesterday (16 May 2018).
Cllr Adams has been a councillor for St Paul’s ward since 2015, and was last year’s Deputy Mayor for Surrey Heath.
At the Mayor-making ceremony, Cllr Adams was sworn in as Mayor of Surrey Heath for the forthcoming year, receiving the Mayoral robe and chain of office.
Cllr Adams succeeds the previous Surrey Heath Mayor, Cllr Valerie White.
Cllr Robin Perry, who represents Town ward, was elected Deputy Mayor.
Cllr Adams spent most of his childhood living in Tanzania, East Africa, whilst his father worked on a Swedish aid project. Upon his return he attended secondary school near Dorking before moving to Surrey Heath.
Since his election in 2015, Cllr Adams has served on various committees including Performance and Finance, Planning, Licensing, Audit and Standards, and was vice-chair of the External Partnerships committee from 2015-17.
Cllr Adams manages and operates Conquest Consultancy, a social media management company. He has two sons, and is married to Sarah who works in local community dental services. They live in Camberley with their beloved cocker spaniel, Mitzi – who may well appear at Mayoral events in the coming year!
During his mayoral year, Cllr Adams intends to shine a light on the fantastic community spirit that exists throughout Surrey Heath, encompassing community projects & services, and celebrating the huge number of volunteers that do so much throughout the Borough.
Cllr Adams said: “It is with great pride that I take up this mantle as the 46th Mayor of Surrey Heath.
“I am extremely proud to represent this great little corner of England we’re lucky enough to call home, and I’m excited to champion Surrey Heath’s amazing, inspirational people & businesses.”
Cllr Adams has chosen three charities to support during the year:
- Frimley Health Trust, Breast Cancer Ward – Cllr Adams’ wife, Sarah, sadly lost her mum at an extremely young age to the condition and was treated for some time at Frimley Park Hospital.
- The Meath in Godalming – which offers a world of possibilities for people who live with complex epilepsy and associated disabilities. Having grown up with epilepsy in his family, Cllr Adams is only too aware that this illness is rarely spoken about and is keen to raise more awareness.
- Health Amplifier – a charity working in in Kikavu, Northern Tanzania educating and supporting the community to overcome the issues of poor healthcare, malnutrition, disease & dental hygiene. Cllr Adams firmly attributes his successes and sense of community spirit to his childhood in Tanzania, and as such wishes to give something back to the country that gave him so much.
Outgoing Mayor Cllr Valerie White said: “This past year as Mayor has enabled me to meet people and go to places I would never experienced in my normal life. It has been an honour to represent the Borough at many events outside our area.
“The number of voluntary organisations I have visited has been eye opening. Without these amazing people, life would be so different in our Borough.
“Thank you to every organisation in the Borough who welcomed me to their events with such enthusiasm.
“I would like to wish Cllr. Adams all the very best for his upcoming Mayoral year.”
To follow Cllr Adams’ mayoral year please follow @shbcmayor on Twitter, and like his Facebook page www.facebook.com/surreyheathmayor
Further information on the Mayor of Surrey Heath can be found at www.surreyheath.gov.uk/mayor.