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 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 2021/22 chosen charities are:


Petersfield Salvation Army is a registered charity no. 214779.  Petersfield Corps opened on 24 June 1886.  It is a warm and inviting church catering for all ages and where possible, serving the community in way that they have traditionally worked.

Petersfield Counselling Service is a Registered Charity, no. 298408, and was founded in 1987.  Their team of experienced professional counsellors serve Petersfield and surrounding area.

Petersfield Counselling

Working in Partnership with Home Start Butser

Home Start Butser


Petersfield Counselling Service are joining forces with Home Start Butser to provide free counselling support for the parents they are supporting.

Since a need was identified, Petersfield Counselling are pressing ahead with their ‘Young Families Project’.

The Christmas Hamper appeal was a chosen charity of my predecessor. I realised then what an important appeal this was and how it could offer some welcome festive support to the recipients.

Cllr Phil Shaw

The pandemic has been a difficult time for many and, as a former Mental Health Nurse, I realised there is an increased need for counselling. I therefore chose the Petersfield Counselling Service because of the important support they offer to the people of Petersfield and surrounding villages. Their service is open to everyone aged 18 and above, regardless of financial status.

Cllr Phil Shaw

Town Mayor 2021-22

Cllr Phil Shaw

Phil and his wife have lived in Petersfield for over 34 years. Initially from Glossop in Derbyshire, he came to the area in the 1970s when he joined the Royal Navy and fell in love with the town. After 24 years in the Royal Navy Phil qualified as a Mental Health Nurse. After qualifying he spent 12 years as a Community Mental Health Nurse for older people in Petersfield before moving into clinical research and finally senior management in Clinical Commissioning. He retired in 2018. Phil is a Governor at Langrish Primary School.

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22 Madeline Road
GU31 4AL

01730 302706

Peter has a degree in French from Exeter University and an open degree from the Open University.  He has a PGCE and diplomas in Management Studies and Personnel Management.  He and his wife have lived in Petersfield for eight years, after twenty-eight in Liphook where they raised their three boys.

Peter has a wide experience working in large companies, primarily in Human Resources, at home and in Germany.  He was a school governor for sixteen years in Liphook and four at Herne Junior.  He was also a (paid) tutor of school governors for Hampshire.

Peter now teaches weekly classes in French and Spanish for the local U3A, plays tennis and table tennis locally, helps look after his baby granddaughter and is an active member of St Mary Magdalen Church, Sheet.

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8 Avon Close
GU31 4LG

01730 262312

Deputy Mayor 2021-22

Cllr Peter Clist
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