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Mayor's Office

Those members of our Council who are elected to the post of Mayor are proud of its traditions and zealous to preserve its privileges which have been acquired through many years.

The Mayor - "the Head and Chief Governor of the Town" - had for long been recognised as being, in his or her own Borough, second only to Royalty and the Queen's Deputy, the Lord Lieutenant, a status which continues to be recognised in the Borough and District Council by Section 3(4) of the Local Government Act 1972. This high standing at the present time is mainly one of honour and dignity rather than actual legal powers, a distinct contrast to the days before the Municipal Corporation Act 1835, when the Mayor was often virtually and legally a dictator within his own Borough.

The Mayor

Lesley Ingham Mayor of Swale

Councillor Colin Prescott is the Mayor of Swale for the civic year 2017-18. 

Cllr Prescott was born in Dartford and educated in Bexleyheath, Employed by Lloyds Bank in the City of London and the West End, Oxford and Banbury in Oxfordshire. 

Colin lived in Sittingbourne between 1972-1982 and returned to Swale in 1991 from Oxfordshire and was elected to Swale Borough Council in 1992 representing East Downs Ward. He was Mayor of Swale for the civic year 2004-2005. Colin has been married to Pamela for 50 years and they live in Graveney. Colin’s other commitments over the past years have included: 

A member of Lions International since 1980, Colin is also a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman with the Plaisterers Livery Co.

The Deputy Mayor

Cllr Colin Prescott Mayor of Swale

Councillor Samuel Koffie-Williams is the Deputy Mayor of Swale for the civic year 2017-18.

Cllr Koffie Williams is a conservative councillor for Murston in Swale and serves as a member of the Audit, Scrutiny and Licences Act Committee.

Samuel, who initially trained as a Banker, now works as an educator teaching Accounting, Business Economics, Enterprise and Finance in a local college. Having attained a B.Sc. in Business Management, M.Sc. in Education Management and a Fellow for the Institute For Learning (FiFL).

Aside from his Career in Education, he has an unrelenting passion for extending opportunities to young people, exploring and creating innovative ways of engaging and enhancing their potentials in the twenty first century. Over the years, he has displayed an unwavering conviction in his determination to address issues of social inequalities and the general enhancement of community cohesion. He is immensely generous with his time in supporting a range of charities and community projects, including ‘Making a Big Difference’, a charity he launched a couple of years ago supporting ‘Help for young heroes’.

In recognition of his generous contribution to his various communities he was awarded the ‘Freeman of the city of London‘.

He is a man of tremendous musicality. As an incredibly gifted choral musician, his zest and incomparable passion for singing has inspired many, both in his capacity as Music Director and as a chorister. Samuel has worked with a plethora of choirs including the 1885 Choral Society, the St. Barnabas Parish Church Choir in Dulwich village, the Freegard singers, Sittingbourne, the Morley College Choral Society, the Leoa Academic Choir, to name but a few.

He enjoys a quiet family life in Sittingbourne with his lovely wife and children. 

Further information

Get in touch with our Civic office by email or call 01795 417392.

Mayor's Engagements Calendar

Events that the Mayor of Swale will attend or be represented at.

Inviting the Mayor to a function

Want to invite the Mayor to your function? Find out how with our guidance notes.

The Mace, Chain and Badge of Office

Information on Swale's Civic Mace and the mayors chain and badge of office.

Armorial Bearings of Swale

Find out about Swale's coat of arms or armorial bearings.
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