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Cllr Andy Brown is the newly elected Rushcliffe Mayor

Last updated: 24/5/2024

The new Mayor of Rushcliffe, Cllr Andy Brown, has said he is “honoured and proud” to have been elected to office for the forthcoming 12 months.

In a ceremony in the Council Chamber at Rushcliffe Arena on Thursday (May 23), he accepted the position for 2024/25 from incumbent Cllr Debbie Mason as part of the authority’s Annual Council meeting.

Cllr Brown was first elected in 2011 and is the current Borough Councillor for the Gotham ward and as the ‘first citizen’ of the Borough the Mayor will attend many official engagements during his term of office this year.

He currently serves on the Council’s Planning Committee and the Nottingham East Midlands Airport Independent Consultative Committee.

He has nominated SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity as his chosen charity for the year.

Founded in 1885, it is the UK’s oldest national tri-service military charity, with the aim of creating a society where Armed Forces, veterans and their families can thrive by offering financial, practical or emotional support, ensuring independence and dignity is protected at all times.

They offer support for people at any stage in their military career; from the youngest recruit to the oldest veteran, with more than 4,000 trained SSAFA volunteers who provide personalised, face-to-face support to those in their local area.

Mr Mayor said: “I am honoured to be Mayor of Rushcliffe and represent the thousands of residents who live in the Borough, I look forward to meeting and working with the many different people and groups who are at the heartbeat of our communities.

“SSAFA is a charity that is very close to me and has provided an essential service to the Armed Forces family for 139 years.

“Please support them in the next 12 months when I’m Mayor and beyond.”

Cllr John Cottee was elected as Deputy Mayor for the next 12 months and expressed his honour of being entrusted with the role.