The Mayoralty

The Mayor - Councillor Richard Kellaway
The Mayoress - Mrs Mary-Lou Kellaway

The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead - Councillor Richard KellawayThe Mayor is the first citizen of the Borough and is elected to the post by fellow Councillors at the Borough Council's annual meeting in May each year. The role of Mayor is a non political position and during the mayoral year, a Mayor puts aside council duties to concentrate on the role as the town's first citizen.

In addition to chairing the Council meeting, the Mayor attends many different types of functions throughout the Borough. These include representing the Council at civic functions, receiving dignitaries, attending Dinners, opening events, talking to clubs and societies and visiting schools. The Mayor also hosts visits to the Mayor's Parlour from various groups/organisations. The Mayor also asks the Deputy Mayor to stand in if the Mayor is not available.

The Mayor's correct title is The Worshipful the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. After formal introductions, speakers should refer to the Mayor as Mr (Madam) Mayor.

Biographical Details

Richard was educated at Presentation College, Reading and Pembroke College, Cambridge where he graduated in Economics and History.

He joined the oil industry after university becoming Managing Director of an international oil storage company based in Maidenhead moving over to live in Cookham in 1978. After retirement in 2008 he was for five years a Senior Adviser to Global Infrastructure Partners (owners of Gatwick Airport) and a frequent chairman of international storage conferences. He was twice Chairman of the UK Tank Storage Association and twice President of the Federation of European Tank Storage Associations. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

In 1971 he was elected to the London Borough of Bromley and in 1974 fought both General Elections in Bristol South against the Labour Chief Whip Michael Cocks.

He has represented Bisham and Cookham Ward in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead since 2007. From 2009 to 2012 he was Lead Member for Finance. He is currently a member of Maidenhead Town Partnership and the Partnership for the Rejuvenation of Maidenhead (PRoM), the Borough representative on the Local Enterprise Partnership and a former Chairman of the Conservative Group.

Richard and his wife attend St Elizabeth's Church, Cookham (part of St Joseph's Maidenhead) and are involved with other churches in Cookham. He has twice been President of Maidenhead Catenians. They are both active in musical and artistic circles. He is Musical Director of a well known Cookham jazz band which has played twice in our twin town St Cloud and raises money for local charities. He is on the committee of the Cookham Festival.

Richard married Marie-Louise Franklin in 1970. They have three children who attended schools in Cookham, Maidenhead, Ascot and Old Windsor. Two are married with two children each and the third is getting married this summer.

Mary-Lou is a graduate of the Open University. She is a member of Cookham Parish Council, the Patient Participation Group of Cookham Medical Centre and the PPG network. She is joint Chairman of the Neighbourhood Action Group and organises trips for the Friends of the Stanley Spencer Gallery. She has worked in Maidenhead Citizens Advice Bureau and for fifteen years as a Registrar at Maidenhead Register Office. She has been Chairman of Cookham Nursery School. Mary-Lou is active in the local Women's Institute and the U3A.


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Modified: 2014-05-22
Published: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:58:30
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