Councillor David Burton-Sampson was elected Mayor of Basildon by his fellow Council members on Thursday 23rd May 2019.
David has been a Basildon Councillor since 2016 and previously held the role of Deputy Mayor during the municipal year 2017/18. His key aim, both as a councillor and in his other work in the community, is to improve the lives of residents across the whole borough. During his time as a local councillor he has founded 2 borough residents associations, both of which are thriving. He is also a keen advocate for inclusion and diversity and has recently won 2 awards in recognition of his work within the LGBTQI+ arena.
Throughout his year as Mayor, David is continually looking for ways to support as many of our community groups as possible, not just in the short term but by helping set them up for the future. With that aim in mind he has worked with fellow councillors and officers to successfully launch the Basildon Borough Lottery, which will help provide local community groups with a regular income stream.
David's chosen charity for the year is The Jo Cox Foundation and he will work in partnership with them on projects to tackle loneliness and isolation within the borough, a key goal of Jo herself before her murder in 2016. He will also be setting up The Mayor's Community Foundation which will enable groups that he visits this year to apply for funds from his fundraising pot to help with small projects.
Councillor Derrick Fellowes was elected Deputy Mayor of Basildon by his fellow Council members on Thursday 23rd May 2019.
The Mayor's charity appeal is raising money to support local charities working to help people overcome loneliness and social isolation. You can make your donation online. See Mayor's Charity Appeal - Unseen Unheard