The new Mayor of Epsom and Ewell has vowed to promote the horse training and racing industry in the borough and highlight the importance of mental and physical health.
Councillor Liz Frost was officially appointed the new mayor at a ceremony at Epsom Town Hall last night (Tuesday, May 16).
Cllr Frost replaces the outgoing George Crawford, who raised more than £20,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in his mayoral year.
The new mayor was first elected to Epsom and Ewell Borough Council in 2011 for Woodcote ward, and has since served as vice chairman of the social committee and as chairman of the Health Liaison. Panel.
She has also sat on the Strategy and Resources Committee, Environment Committee, and the Epsom and Ewell Local Committee at county hall.
Although she was born near Manchester, Cllr Frost spent most of her childhood in Worcester Park. She studied ophthalmic optics at City University, where she met her husband and former mayor Chris.
After eventually settling in Epsom, she became involved in their daughter’s school’s parent-staff association and became a youth club and junior church leader.
Cllr Frost (in green) at the Round the Borough Bike Ride on Sunday
In 1995 Cllr Frost was appointed optometric advisor to Merton, Sutton & Wandsworth Health Authority and was elected as councillor for the Association of Optometrists (AOP). She would go on to serve as AOP Chairman between 2001 and 2003.
She still undertakes both part-time optometric advising and some clinical work as an optometrist.
Speaking at the Annual Council meeting, Cllr Frost said, “I will carry out the role of Mayor to the best of my ability and hope that I can maintain the dignity and tradition of the role while supporting our local community.
“Epsom & Ewell has frequently featured in national surveys as one of the best places to live. During my Mayoral year, I would like to try to work on two strands of Epsom & Ewell that have shaped our character and that I believe can be developed to enhance the area still further. These are our horse racing and training industry and our tradition of support in the field of mental health.”
The Mayor is the first citizen of Epsom & Ewell borough and represents the Council and the local community at formal and ceremonial occasions and chairs full meetings of the Council during their one-year term of office.