The Town Mayor is elected in May each year by The Town Councillors at a Mayor Making ceremony. They will represent The Town Council at any Civic functions or events both in Petersfield and outside of Petersfield and will preside over Full Council meetings held each month (with the exception of August). They will also promote Petersfield as much as they can.

The badge and chain (as pictured) is worn by The Town Mayor and has a picture of The Hampshire Rose on it.

The Town Mayor will choose a specific charity for the duration that they are Mayor and will run fund raising events for this charity. After a year all the money that is raised will be given to the chosen charity.  The 2 charities that The Town Mayor is supporting this year are  Salvation Army Christmas Parcel Appeal and Dementia Friendly Town.

Town Mayor 2016 – 2017

James Deane

Rother Ward – Conservative

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James is married with 4 daughters and 6 grandchildren. He has lived on and off in Petersfield since 1952. He was elected onto Petersfield Town Council in June 2013 and has served on all Committees. He is a retired Army Officer of The Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. 

He is a Petersfield School Community Governor and Academy Director and was on the committee for Petersfield Neighbourhood Plan. He is also a Trustee of the John Goodyer (& Bishop Latimer) Charity. He is a member of the South Downs National Park Forum and also a Lay Member of the Hampshire Primary Care Trust.

He was initially educated at Moreton House School (previously located in The Spain) before going on to Westbury House at West Meon and from there to Lord Wandsworth College.  This was followed by a 35 year military career. On retirement from the Army he became a School Bursar at Eastbourne College followed by a two year contract as a Project Leader on the Terminal 5 Construction Project.  A further Bursar’s post was undertaken at St Catherine’s School at Bramley near Guildford when he then retired. 

Since retirement he has held locum Bursar posts at the Ryde School Isle of Wight and also at The Hampshire Collegiate School at Embley Park, Romsey. His hobbies include current affairs, writing and family history.

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2 Hoggarth Close
Petersfield
Hampshire
GU31 4YY
Telephone: 01730 269072
email: deane2hogg@ntlworld.com

If you would like The Town Mayor to attend any event then please contact Marian Cross on 01730 264182 or contact her via the website and she will check their availability.

Deputy Town Mayor 2016 – 2017

Jamie Matthews

Bell Hill Ward – Independent

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Chairman of Grounds, Member of  Finance & General Purposes, Town Development & Planning Committee

Jamie is married and has lived in Petersfield for the past 9 years.  He graduated as an Electrical Engineer and is manager of a department of design engineers for a broadcast communications infrastructure company. Jamie is an active member of Petersfield Round Table.  Since 2012 Jamie has played a key role in the Petersfield Neighbourhood Plan project team and steering group. He was elected to the Town Council in May 2015.

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Hedgerows
Winchester Road
Petersfield
Hampshire
GU32 3BN
 
Telephone: 01730 233324
 
email: Jamie.matthews@thedigitalnetwork.org