Haywards Heath Town Mayor

town mayor mcPhersonHaywards Heath Town Mayor, Cllr Alastair McPherson

The Town Mayor is elected by the Town Councillors annually and holds office from the Full Council meeting held in early May until the following year. The Town Mayor has the responsibility to promote and uphold the character of Haywards Heath and encourage public involvement in the Council's activities as well as the duties of presiding over meetings of Full Council and of representing the town at Civic and ceremonial functions. The Mayor also has the opportunity to raise funds during the Year of Office for his/her named charity.

The Haywards Heath Town Mayor for the Municipal Year 2020/21 is Cllr Alastair McPherson alongside his deputy, Cllr Matt Jeffers.

Alastair, who has been Deputy Mayor of Haywards Heath for the last two years, played a pivotal role in the initial stages of the Bolnore Village Primary School, working as a member of the Bolnore School Group. He was also the driving force behind the building of the Woodside Community Centre and for setting up the Bolnore Village Community Partnership (BVCP) Charity, the group that he now Chairs which runs the Woodside.

Alastair lives in Haywards Heath with his wife and their two daughters. A music loving family, they are all members of the Ensemble Reza Community Orchestra and enjoy family time travelling, socialising and playing music. 

Hear more of Alastair's thoughts on the Mayor's Blog page 

The Mayor's Charity

The Mayor was delighted to announce local children's charity Time 4 Children as his chosen charity for his term of office.  

Time 4 Children was established in 2005, after its founder, Vicky Chalmers, piloted a school project through 2003 to 2004 in Mid Sussex, whilst working with The Children Hours Trust. The charity gives free one-to-one emotional listening support for children who find it hard to express their thoughts, feelings, experiences and worries safely through a team of fully trained volunteer practitioners.

Speaking about the charity, Time 4 Children, Cllr McPherson says: “The majority of us take it for granted that we live in a safe environment and Time 4 Children work with young people in our town and beyond who unfortunately are not able to feel safe and secure so I think this a tremendously worthy mayor’s charity. Time 4 Children provide emotional listening support which allows children to explore their worries, thoughts, feeling or experiences with trained volunteer practitioners.’

“I met with Vicky Chalmers MBE, founder of Time 4 Children, earlier this year and was incredibly moved and impressed. The emotional well-being of our children is just as important as their physical health, standing them in good stead for the challenges of school and beyond and helping to create well rounded young adults ready for life. I am delighted to support this wonderful charity in the amazing work it does for our children locally”. 

Find out more about the Mayor's Charity.

Inviting the Mayor to your function

The Town Mayor likes to support as many of the local community organisations as possible. If you would like the Mayor to attend or open or appear at your event, for example a summer fete, AGM, concert or play, or to open a new building or business, please email maria.horne@haywardsheath.gov.uk