Mayor of Eastleigh

About the Mayor of Eastleigh

Page last updated at 15 June 2017 at 14:48

What is a Mayor?

The Mayor is the Borough’s ‘First Citizen’ and is elected annually by fellow councillors for one year at the annual meeting of the Council in May.  The Mayor chairs the full meetings of the Council and normally takes a non-political role to ensure fair play.

In addition, the Mayor also represents the Council as the Civic Head of the Borough at official functions and attends approximately 400 events during the term of office.  At functions in the Borough, the Mayor takes precedence over all other citizens. The only exception to this is when Royalty or the Lord Lieutenant are visiting the Borough.

Mo SollittWho is the current Mayor?

The Mayor of Eastleigh for the 2017/2018 Municipal Year is Councillor Maureen Sollitt. The Mayor's Escort is Mr. Roy Sollitt.

The Deputy Mayor of Eastleigh is Councillor Chris Thomas and the Deputy Mayoress is Lorraine Trevallion.

What is the correct way of 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 “Madam Mayor" or "Your Worship", the Mayor's Escort as Mr. Sollitt.  The Deputy Mayor should be introduced as “The Deputy Mayor of Eastleigh” and addressed as “Mr Deputy Mayor”, the Deputy Mayoress as "Madam Deputy Mayoress".

Will the Mayor attend my function or event?

The Mayor can be invited to attend functions or activities, arranged and organised in the Borough.  These range from meeting Royalty, welcoming overseas visitors, opening school fetes and attending productions by local amateur dramatic groups. 

The Mayor also visits local schools and organisations.

To invite the Mayor to a function please contact the Mayor's Assistant Janice Bayliss on 023 8068 8134 or email    

If the Mayor is unable to attend an event, the Deputy Mayor will be asked to attend on the Mayor’s behalf.  

The Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of Eastleigh
Councillor Maureen Sollitt
Eastleigh House
Upper Market Street
Eastleigh   SO50 9YN

What are the Mayor's charities for 2017/18

Each Mayor supports nominated charities by organising various events to raise fund throughout the Mayoral Year.  This year, the Mayor has chosen the following charities:

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance brings an advanced critical care team to people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight when they need it most.

Available both day and night, 365 days a year, the Air Ambulance Critical CareTeam is called out many times a day to attend to road traffic collisions, sporting accidents, collapses and many other incidents. Highly skilled crews of doctors, paramedics and pilots can be at the scene of an incident within minutes, ready to deliver the same level of care that you would expect from a hospital emergency department.

It costs more than £9,000 a day to maintain this life saving service - which is 10 years-old this year. The service receives no funding from the Government or the NHS and is entirely dependent on sponsors and members of the public for funding. It is only thanks to the generosity of communities that the service is able to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.

Friends of In touch

In Touch supports emotionally and socially vulnerable children and young people with autistic spectrum conditions and associated behaviour in the Borough.

Friends of In Touch run a club for 9-13 year olds and 13-21 year olds, where they learn simple cooking, make craft items and have fun.  They can attend holiday groups and day trips where they can just enjoy themselves, under the watchful eyes of trained carers.

The group was originally fully funded by Hampshire County Council; when this was cut and the youth clubs were threatened with closure, a group of mums, dads and grandparents founded Friends of In Touch to raise funds to keep the much- needed scheme alive.  Since then it has registered as a charity, obtained funding from the Lottery but still needs to keep raising funds to carry on the good work.

How do I donate to the Mayor’s Appeal? 

If you would like to make a donation to the Mayor's Appeal please make cheques payable to ‘Eastleigh Borough Council’ and send to The Mayor’s Office, Eastleigh Borough Council, Eastleigh House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh, SO50 9YN.