New Mayor appointed

Published Thursday, 17 May 2018

New Mayor Cllr Kim Botting - May 2018

Councillor Kim Botting of Orpington Ward was elected Mayor of Bromley for 2018-19 at the annual meeting of the council on Wednesday, 16 May.

As one of her first mayoral duties she appointed Councillor David Cartwright of Mottingham and Chislehurst North Ward as Deputy Mayor. 

Councillor Colin Smith has been returned as the Leader of the Council and he has re-appointed six Conservative members to the Executive, the council’s key decision making body. 

The allocated portfolio responsibilities for 2018-19 are listed below.

The allocated portfolio responsibilities for 2018-19
Councillor Colin Smith Leader of the Council
Councillor Peter Fortune                              Deputy Leader and Children, Education and Families
Councillor Diane Smith                                   Adult Care and Health 
Councillor William Huntington-Thresher Environment and Community Services
Councillor Kate Lymer                                    Public Protection and Enforcement
Councillor Peter Morgan                               Renewal, Recreation and Housing
Councillor Graham Arthur                            Resources, Commissioning and Contract  Management

Councillor Colin Smith, Leader of Bromley Council, offered his personal congratulations to the new Mayor and the Deputy Mayor and their consorts and said: “On behalf of all the members of the council I would like to congratulate Cllr Kim Botting on her well-deserved appointment as Mayor and wish her the very best of good fortune over the coming Civic year. We look forward to working with her team in support of all the excellent work it performs for her chosen charities.”  

“I am also absolutely delighted to announce that for his exemplary services to the borough, Stephen L Carr, the previous leader of the council is now named as an Honorary Freeman and will now be formally known by this title. Stephen will always be a much respected former Leader and colleague to many of us and a close personal friend as well, but on behalf of all colleagues and of course, our residents, I would like to thank Stephen one last time on the record for his selfless dedication and loyal service over many years. He will be sadly missed.”

The new Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Kim Botting said, “I am delighted to accept the honour of being appointed as the Mayor of Bromley.  The charities I have chosen to support in my mayoral year are the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich Mind.  It is an honour to serve as Mayor for a second time and as part of this, I am looking forward to meeting as many residents across the borough as possible and to working hard to create as much awareness and support for my charities as I can.”

The 2 Mayoral charities are:

The Royal British Legion was formed on the 15th May 1921 gaining it's "Royal" status in 1971 its purpose then and still is to help those who have suffered as a result of service in the British Armed Forces.

The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for The Armed Forces community - serving men and women, veterans and their families. The Royal British Legion runs 6 Legion Care Centres, providing long term nursing and personal care and 4 of the homes also provide dedicated dementia care.

Help is provided for those suffering from homelessness, addiction, debt management, and help with work placements.  Further information about The Royal British Legion is available on their website;

Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind - a long-established provider of support to people with mental health problems and dementia. The charity has its roots in the London Borough of Bromley, which is home to their widest range of services and where several thousand Bromley residents every year receive the charity’s support. The charity exists to work alongside people with mental health problems and dementia to improve their quality of life.

Also at the meeting, the chairmen, vice-chairmen and memberships of the council's Policy Development and Scrutiny (PDS) committees and other committees were appointed. The chairmen of the main committees are: 

Chairmen of the main committees
Councillor Simon Fawthrop Executive Resources and Contracts PDS
Councillor Mary Cooke Adult Care and Health PDS
Councillor Nicholas Bennett Children, Education and Families Select
Councillor Will Harmer Environment and Community Services PDS
Councillor David Cartwright            Public Protection and Enforcement PDS
Councillor Michael Rutherford  Renewal, Recreation and Housing PDS      
Councillor Alexa Michael Development Control
Councillor Pauline Tunnicliffe General Purposes and Licensing
Councillor David Jefferys        Health and Wellbeing Board

Details about Committees and Sub-Committees for 2017-18 can be found on the Bromley Council website:


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