The Mayor is the Borough’s ‘First Citizen’ and is elected annually by fellow Councillors at the annual meeting of the Council in May. The Mayor chairs the full council meetings and normally takes a non-political role to ensure fair play.
Councillor Nick Couldrey is the Mayor of Eastleigh. Nick's wife, Mrs Ann Couldrey, is the Mayoress.
Nick represents the Fair Oak & Horton Heath ward and has been a Councillor since 2016. He is also a Councillor on Fair Oak & Horton Heath Parish Council.
Nick was born in Nairobi, Kenya. He was sent to school in the UK at the age of 13 in North York Moors. After York University he became a solicitor in London where he met Ann who was a doctor and worked at Southampton General Hospital. They married in 1978 and have two children, who live in London, and three grandchildren. Nick retired in 2014 and volunteers one day a week for Citizens Advice.
Nick said: “Being Mayor gives me the chance to see more of the fantastic work done by so many people in our communities. These projects are often run by volunteers who deserve our support and I'm delighted to do so on behalf of us all.”
Nick has chosen Citizens Advice Eastleigh as his charity for the year. They are an independent charity and part of the Citizens Advice network across England and Wales. They have been helping Eastleigh residents for 80 years and provide free, confidential and impartial advice.
Councillor David Pragnell who represents Chandler's Ford ward was invested as Deputy Mayor for the year.
Follow the Mayor on Twitter @eastleighmayor
Inviting the Mayor and Mayoress to an event
The Mayor represents the Council at a number of events and functions and attends around 400 during the mayoral year. The Mayor takes precedence over all other citizens when in Borough, the only exception being when Royalty or the Lord Lieutenant are present.
If you would like to invite the Mayor to attend your event, please email email@example.com or phone us on 023 8068 8087.
If the Mayor is unable to attend, the Deputy Mayor will be asked to attend.
There is no charge for the Mayor or Deputy Mayor to attend your event
Addressing the Mayor?
The full title of the Mayor is The Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of Eastleigh.
The Mayor should be introduced as “The Mayor of Eastleigh” and be addressed as “Mr Mayor" or "Your Worship", and the Mayoress as Madam Mayoress.
The Deputy Mayor should be introduced as “The Deputy Mayor of Eastleigh” and addressed as “Mr Deputy Mayor”, and the Deputy Mayoress as "Madam Deputy Mayoress".
This year’s Mayor’s Appeal is raising money for Citizens Advice Eastleigh.
If you would like to donate to the Mayor's Appeal please make cheques payable to ‘Mayor of Eastleigh’s Appeal Fund’ and send to The Mayor’s Office, Eastleigh Borough Council, Eastleigh House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh SO50 9YN.